CONDUCTORS

Samantha Chang
Conductor

Hailed by The WholeNote Magazine for her “lyricism, resourcefulness, and strong personal commitment to the flute,” Canadian flutist Samantha Chang is a musical tour de force and rising young artist. Her mandate to perform, to teach, and to create opportunities for aspiring flutists is nothing short of astonishing. 

Samantha released her debut album, “Flute Sketches” in March 2009 and subsequently toured worldwide, wrapping up with a concert in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York. In April 2011, Ms. Chang drew a full house to Koerner Hall, celebrating the release of her second album “Sentimentale.” Samantha is conductor of the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra. As the executive director of the Canadian Flute Association, she coordinated the first two Canadian Flute Conventions in 2013 and 2015.

Samantha Chang is a Fellow of the Trinity College London and a Fellow of the London College of Music. She received her Postgraduate Diploma and Licentiate at the Royal Academy of Music in London (England) and Associate performance and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (Canada). She is currently a research assistant and PhD student in the Department of History of Art at the University of Toronto where she holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) Doctoral Award and Faculty of Arts and Science Top (FAST) Doctoral Fellowship. Her research explores the conceptual relationships between visual arts and music in the early modern period, specifically those of artistic identity, temporality, synesthesia, and performativity. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, following the World Cup, and speaks English, French, Mandarin, understands Taiwanese, and “mumbles through Latin, Italian, German, Dutch, Cantonese, and Japanese.” 

Samantha Chang performs on a Muramatsu Platinum Clad Flute, DN Model Flute, and Alto Flute.  

For more information, please visit www.samanthaflute.com. For matters related to our orchestra, she can be reached at samantha.chang@ocms-so.org.


Brian Truong
Conductor

Brian is a music teacher, conductor and instrumentalist specializing in low brass. After hearing the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform for the first time at the age of seven, he started playing piano and began lugging a tuba two years later. Bolstered by several accolades accumulated throughout grade school, Brian went on to complete a music degree at York University and an education degree at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Brian joined the OCMS-YSO in the 2008-09 season as a tuba player. In 2013, he took on the position of assistant conductor. As a musician, he has played with several community ensembles such as Orchestra Toronto, University of Toronto Alumni Band, and the Celebrity Symphony Orchestra.

Brian has performed with many of Canada’s rising musical talents.  He performed with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the National Concert Band at the National Arts Centre.  As a music teacher, Brian holds private lessons in guitar, piano, and tuba while working with high school music programs around the city.  He is also a teacher facilitator at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre where he fosters leadership skills through the arts.

When not pursuing musical activities, Brian is currently teaching chess at bilingual elementary schools across the city. He hopes to one day achieve the title of International Master. 

For matters related to our orchestra, Brian can be reached at brian.truong@ocms-so.org.