Amy McLennan, Music Director & Conductor

 

With a Bachelor of Music from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University, Amy McLennan has been a music educator at the elementary and secondary levels nation-wide for 15 years, in both English and French. She has successfully led community organizations such as the All-City Wind Ensemble as a part of the University of Calgary community music program, Voix des Rocheuses (Calgary's Francophone choir) and the Mississauga Pops—a group focused on entertaining audiences both young and old with a variety of pop, jazz and classical repertoire.

 

Amy has earned awards from the Ontario Band Festival, the Alberta International Band Festival, Kiwanis Calgary and MusicFest Canada for outstanding musical performances with her beginner, junior and senior high school bands. She has guest conducted various other groups and continues to work as an active clinician. Amy has led national and international musical tours, taking her senior high school concert band to Europe where they traveled through Italy, Portugal, Spain, Austria and the Czech Republic.

 

As a passionate conductor, Amy attended the Canadian Wind Conductor’s Development Program in Winnipeg, as well as spending time at The Juilliard School in New York City to further her conducting artistry. She was also invited to participate in the Los Angeles Conducting Institute in 2019 where she worked with professional artists in both chamber and large ensemble settings.

 

Working alongside her mentor and teacher Dr. Glenn Price, Amy was the Associate Conductor of the University of Calgary Wind Ensemble during the 2010–11 academic year.

 

In addition to the NCB, Amy currently works as one of three music teachers at St. Michael’s College School, an all-boys prep school in Toronto, where she leads a variety of concert bands, as well as the pit orchestra for the annual musical production.

 

Outside of her teaching life, Amy is married to fellow musician and tubist Ian Feenstra, and together they have two children, Ella and Owen. They love mid-century design, collecting vinyl and having family jam sessions.

 

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