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Leaders recognize they can use their public presence in order to change perceptions of who a leader is and can be.
“I decided if that’s not what certain people expect, then I needed to get out there more. The idea of someone of my genre, my culture, my background leading a large symphonic group… Maybe our community needs to see more of that so that they can appreciate that there are talents in all different colours, shapes, sizes, what have you. So I decided not to apologize for who I am and where I came from but to do it even more.”
Colin Clarke is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Though he is best known for his work with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, Colin’s popularity as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator and educator has captured the attention of instrumental and choral ensembles, schools and music festivals across Canada. With a passion for the music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community.