John Kraus



John is teaching Clarinet/Saxophone Technique, Intro to Chamber Groups, conducting Orchestra and leading Percussion Ensemble.

"I never think that I want to take a technique class, but have enjoyed the past two years with John. He is exceptional." Participant, LFM camp.

"John was great! Relaxed, fun & a great conductor & teacher" Participant, 2015 LFM camp

A northern Ontario native, John is an alumnus of the University of Western Ontario, London, where he studied Music Education. While a student there he studied clarinet with Jerome Summers, Robert Riesling and Robert Sheffield and conducting with Jerome Summers, Morihiro Okabe, Wayne Toews and William Gordon.

In the fall of 2017 John was nominated as one of five candidates for the Heinz Unger Award, a national honour administrated by the Ontario Arts Council, recognizing professional conductors.

As the founding director of the Durham Chamber Orchestra and the Lakeridge Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Music Director of the Clarington Concert Band and the current music director and conductor of the Northumberland Orchestra and Choir, John has worked in many different genres and with many local and international talents, including violinist Mary Elizabeth Brown, pianist Anastasia Rizikov, and the Sultans of String.

John has performed with and conducted funk bands, jazz ensembles, musical theatre pit orchestras, wind bands, orchestras, choirs and chamber ensembles.

He has dedicated more than 25 years as an educator working with high school students from around the world, sharing his passion for Music. John has regularly conducted honour high school ensembles as part of the annual Conference of Independent Schools Music Festival (CISMF), held annually each spring at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto. He continues to work with students, professionals, and amateur adult musicians who may have entered the arena for the first time or who have returned to something that they began as youngsters, working as a volunteer with the Liftlock New Horizons organization, Peterborough and as an instructor at the Lake Field Music summer camp, Lakefield, Ontario.

John is a member of the Ontario Music Educators Association and has led workshops on 'best practices', creativity and composition, and technology in the Music classroom. John works as a coach with the winds section of the La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra, Port Hope, led by Music Director Michael Lyons. He regularly works with ensembles preparing for festivals as well as an adjudicator and is a member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association (CMFAA).

In his spare time John enjoys skiing, playing golf, softball and goal for pick-up hockey games, reading, smoking any type of meat for dinners with friends and riding his motorcycle.

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