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Our Musical Director

Chris Arthurs is a proud citizen of Oakville who has been directing choirs and bands since the age of fifteen. He loves this wind orchestra, and in September 2000, he was pleased to join the long list of distinguished musicians who have had the pleasure of conducting the OWO.
Chris is a published writer with the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training. His long career in music includes an Honours Bachelor Degree in Music Education from the University of Western Ontario and eighteen years with the Peel District School Board. Chris was a founding member and Regional Co-coordinator for the Ontario Vocal Festival and served on the Executive of the Peel Secondary School Music Teachers Association. His choirs, big bands and concert bands have won regional, national and international awards and he is known for his intense yet personable approach to music, performance, conducting and teaching.
Chris is an alumnus of Western’s chamber groups, wind ensembles, orchestras, Dean’s List and Lindsay Memorial Scholarship. Through national audition, he was selected to play two seasons with Canada’s world renowned Band of the Ceremonial Guard, and he performs regularly with Harry Currie’s Windjammers. His work is informed by some of the finest music educators and conductors in the nation.
In his current posting, Chris teaches media literacy, Canadian history, English, instrumental music, guitar, piano and voice at Clarkson Secondary School.

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