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About the KSO

Conductors

 

Michael Berec

MICHAEL BEREC
Associate Conductor

Coming from a Hungarian background, music has always played a vital role in the life of award-winning, Canadian born conductor/composer Michael Berec. After graduating with a Masters in Music, Michael transitioned from the world of academia to a career in music for film and television. He has over thirteen years of experience in conducting and composing for various media including film, television, radio and live concert works. His scores have been heard at film festivals and on television networks throughout the world. He has had the opportunity to be a part of live broadcasts such as a concert for youth, featuring the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra and live-to-air operas from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

As a conductor, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael has been featured on Canada’s National Classical radio station 96.3 and has had the pleasure to perform and work with such great diverse artists as the late violinist Jacques Israelievitch, pianist André Laplante, Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith, American Idol’s Melinda Doolittle, Latin sensation Jon Secada, Canadian singer Molly Johnson, American actress Kathleen Turner, Canadian actor Colm Feore, late GLEE star Cory Monteith, the Canadian Tenors and the Budapest Scoring Orchestra.

Michael’s primary mentors include Maestro Jorma Panula (Sibelius Academy), Maestro Markand Thakar (Peabody Institute), Maestro Donato Renzetti (Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Italy) and composer Peter Paul Koprowski (student of Nadia Boulanger). He has conducted orchestras throughout North America and Europe, including such prestigious locations as the Royal Palace in San Lorenzo De El Escorial, Spain. Michael is a member of SOCAN, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Toronto Musicians’ Association.

 


 

Patrick Headley

PATRICK HEADLEY
Assistant Conductor

Born and raised in London Ontario, Patrick Headley is an award-winning bassoonist, music educator, and conductor. While earning his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance and Literature from the University Western Ontario, Patrick won his first professional audition at age 18 and has since been in high demand as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician, and orchestral bassoonist.

An advocate of Canadian music, Mr. Headley was chosen to perform John Weinzweig’s Divertimento No. 3 for Bassoon and Orchestra as a part of his official centenary in 2013. He has served as conductor of the Quinte Symphony, as a performing coach and sectional conductor with La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, as orchestra conductor at the Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival, and as apprentice conductor with Orchestra Toronto. He currently serves as conducting faculty at the international chamber music camp, Music at Port Milford.

An accomplished music educator, Mr. Headley has taught at the University of Western Ontario, served as head of the performing arts at Rosseau Lake College, and currently teaches music at St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School in Oakville. As a graduate student, Mr. Headley assisted James McKay with the development of the Légère synthetic double reed, upon which he performs exclusively. Patrick enjoys singing and has performed as tenor soloist in productions of Handel's Messiah, and Mozart’s Requiem. Currently living in Prince Edward County Ontario, Patrick can be heard hosting several classical and light-jazz radio programmes on 99.3 County FM in Eastern Ontario.

 


 

Travis Grubisi

TRAVIS GRUBISI
Assistant Conductor

Travis Grubissi is a Conductor, Composer, Arranger, Orchestrator, and freelance trombonist based in Toronto, Ontario. Co-founder and former Music Director of the Media Arts Wind Orchestra at York University, his current appointments include Assistant Conducting with the Toronto Metropolitan Winds, and the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. He has worked with notable composers such as Johan De Meij, John Mackey, and Jesse Harlin. Additionally he has appeared frequently as guest conductor for numerous ensembles, including the Rouge River Winds, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and the York University Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Grubissi has earned a Bacchelor in Fine Arts degree in Music (Conducting, Composition, and Trombone Performance) from York University, where he is also currently working towards obtaining a master degree in composition. Mr. Grubissi studied conducting primarily with William Thomas during his time at York University, with supplementary instruction from Lisette Canton. He has attended numerous conducting workshops in Canada and in the United States including the OBA Wind Conducting Symposium, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Wind Conducting Symposium, where he had the opportunity to study with Glenn Price, Mark Scatterday, Craig Kirchoff, Paula Holcomb, Dale Lonis, Peter Boonshaft, and Wendy McCallum.

As an arranger and orchestrator, Mr. Grubissi has had the opportunity to arrange or orchestrate music for a variety of ensembles in the GTA such as the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Winds of Toronto, the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, and the Halton Mississauga Youth Orchestra, as well as a variety of orchestrations for Film, TV, Video Games, and Commercials. His interest in composition primarily lay in music for film and wind ensembles. His music can be heard in number of short films, independent features, commercials, trailers, and a variety of other media. Mr. Grubissi frequently collaborates with composer Spencer Creaghan on his projects as orchestrator, co-composer, and conductor.