MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR, GEORGE CLELAND
Winters Tale Concert – February 29, 2024
George Cleland has been the conductor of the Niagara Youth Concert Orchestra since 2022, Brock University String Orchestra since 2017 and the Peninsula Orchestra since 2009. He was a finalist in the Timmins Symphony Orchestra Conductor Search, conducting a concert in May 2016. George plays regularly as a violinist with the Niagara Symphony, the Brantford Symphony Orchestra, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, and the World Rock Symphony Orchestra. He was a member of the World Rock Symphony Bangkok tour of Return to Grace in 2015 and played in Toronto for the Bolshoi Ballet’s tour of North America in a production of Swan Lake in 2012. He is the violinist for Garden City Productions, playing in Fiddler on the Roof, Spamalot, The Addams Family Musical, Beauty and the Beast, and Oliver, and in Rural Stages Productions, playing The Last Five Years. George was hired as a skilled extra in the Murdoch Mysteries tv show Murder in F Major.
George has been an upper strings instructor and assistant conductor for Niagara Youth Orchestra, an instructor for Suzuki Niagara, and on staff at Brock University since 2003. George is also the orchestral strings instructor and conductor for the Niagara Symphony Summer Music Camp. He holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Music from the University of Akron.