Canadian-American Conductor Clyde Mitchell studied piano, organ, and French Horn before deciding to pursue a career in music. Music Performance degrees from Louisiana State University (B. Mus.) and Cal. State U-Northridge (Master of Arts in Music) led to a performing career in; Bogotá, Colombia, Tucson, Arizona, and Montreal, Quebec. In Montreal, he was Associate Principal l Horn in the prestigious Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, and was Professor of Horn and Chamber Music Studies and Conductor of the Brass Choir at McGill University. Conducting studies at CSU-Long Beach (Master of Music) and USC (Artist Diploma) led to Music Director positions in Canada and the US, including Resident Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony. Clyde has won several important conducting awards and competitions,
including Canada’s Heinz Unger Award as “Canada’s Most Promising Conductor” in 1995, and the US National Conductor’s Award in 1991. Clyde’s guest conducting appearances include all of Canada’s major orchestras, as well as many other orchestras and opera companies including Houston, Rochester, South America, Asia, Europe, US, and Canada. Clyde Mitchell is an outspoken advocate for music education, and regularly conducts and holds workshops for Honour Bands and Orchestras across North America. A fun additional career sees Clyde as a guest speaker and host for classical music radio and television shows.
Clyde is founding Conductor and Music Director of Lions Gate Sinfonia and the new Lions Gate Youth Orchestra.
Bryan Deans - Assistant Conductor
Bryan Deans is a cellist, conductor and Music educator. He holds a B.Mus from the University of Victoria and currently the Music Director at St. John's School and respected member of Vancouver’s orchestra community. He is founder and Director of the Plastic Acid Orchestra, performs regularly with West Coast Symphony,
and has performed or conducted many of Vancouver's community orchestras and ensembles, including a position as assistant conductor of the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoys inspiring young in achieving understanding, respect and enjoyment of orchestral and chamber music.
Sinfonia, Orchestra of the North Shore, was officially launched on October 14, 2000. Founding Music Director Clyde Mitchell will forever be proud of the fact that this first concert was for families and children, featuring local children's entertainers Laurel and Jan (The Ladybugs) and consisted entirely of Canadian music. Twelve years later, the re-branded Lions Gate Sinfonia has performed dozens of works by Canadian composers as well as the more famous masterworks of classical compositions. Classical solo vocalists as well as pop and jazz vocalists and choral groups, ranging from intimate chamber choirs to 180-strong full choruses, have played major roles in our programming from cantatas, masses, and operatic excerpts to the joyful sounds of Gilbert and Sullivan. Lions Gate Sinfonia reaches out to diverse audiences across the region through special community performances.
As we are committed to enriching people's lives through music's extraordinary power to communicate and inspire, Lions Gate Sinfonia has performed at the Carnegie Library in downtown Vancouver, at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre, at the West Vancouver Senior Activity Centre, the John Braithwaite Community Centre in North Vancouver, and the Cascadia Adult Special Needs Home.
Festivals and special events have included North Vancouver’s annual Symphony at the Pier, a free outdoor concert in partnership with the Lower Lonsdale Business Association (LLBA) and participation in Culture Days at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre for the past two seasons. Other community appearances have included the Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver Community Days and Canada Day celebrations.