Meet this Season's Guest Conductors
Join the Georgian Bay Symphony as we begin the search for a new Music Director. Five exciting concerts with five exciting candidates.
Guest Conductor October 28th "A Hallowe'en Fright Night"
Jeffrey Pollock is known for his musical versatility and for his ability to make connections with audiences. Chosen by the League of American Orchestras as a featured conductor for their prestigious 2001 National Conductor Preview, he has performed with orchestras across North America including the Detroit, Houston, Nashville, Cleveland Chamber and Charlotte Symphonies in the US and the Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Niagara Symphony in Canada. Currently
in his third season as Music Director for Sinfonia Ancaster, he is expanding the audience base
and the orchestra’s reputation through his innovative and original concert programming. Guest conducting engagements for the 2023-24 season include appearances with the Windsor Symphony and Georgian Bay Symphony orchestras.
A sensitive accompanist, he has performed with virtuoso artists such as Conrad Tao, Zuill Bailey,
Angela Cheng and Jennifer Frautschi. While Associate Conductor with the Fort Worth Symphony and Resident Conductor of the Toledo Symphony, he worked with a wide variety of international performers, including Roberta Flack, Wynnona Judd, Randy Newman, Pink Martini, Nanci Griffith, Arturo Sandoval and Natalie MacMaster.
For the opera stage, he has conducted productions of The Barber of Seville, Cavalleria Rusticana, and The Turn of the Screw and has worked as chorus master and vocal coach for several regional opera companies. When not on the podium, Jeff can be found mixing vintage cocktails, teaching, or exploring
new hiking trails.
Guest Conductor December 2nd "Season's Greetings"
A resident of Burlington Ontario Canada, Maestro Charles Cozens is a true Renaissance man of the Canadian music industry. Highly acclaimed as an arranger, composer and
orchestrator, he is also an accomplished orchestral conductor, pianist, accordionist and recording producer.
As an Arranger, Maestro Cozens has scored over 3000 commissioned orchestrations and compositions for a plethora of orchestras, recordings, multi media and
corporate events worldwide. In particular, he has created compelling orchestrations and symphony shows for such artists as Sir Elton John, Randy Bachman, Janelle Monae, The Nylons, Mark Masri, The Canadian Tenors, Quart et to Gelato and many others. He has also had the pleasure of working with several musical icons including Henry Mancini, Eartha Kitt and Cab Calloway.
With over 1000 recorded tracks for companies such as Universal Music Canada, Somerset Entertainment and Linus Entertainment, he has been recognized by the International
Conductor’s Guild as a leading expert on orchestral conducting in the recording environment (Podium News 2007), and is a Juno Award nominee (Instrumental Album
Of The Year, "Balance").
As a Conductor, he has had numerous appearances with symphony orchestras across Canada, and the United States, as well as several orchestral recordings in Europe. In 2013,
Maestro Cozens was the first Canadian invited to conduct in Cuba. Following his successful debut with the Orquestra de Villa Clara, he continues to guest conduct whenever
His recent appearances as conductor and music supervisor in January and February 2020 have included The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, The Chicago Philharmonic, The Ontario Philharmonic and The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Special projects include the 2nd international branding of the Mozart Effect Recordings (Conductor, Producer, Arranger 2016, 17 Albums) and The Mozart Effect: Live (Conductor, Music Supervisor 2019 - 2023).
Maestro Cozens is also the Founder and Conductor of the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra (BNMO), a contemporary chamber orchestra specializing in a broad based repertoire. Established in 2016, the BNMO utilizes modern digital music technology with traditional instrumentation, the sum of which redefines the orchestral
Maestro Cozens is an accomplished pianist and accordionist, and is an associated
member of the acclaimed chamber ensemble Quartetto Gelato.
In his spare time Maestro Cozens is Vice President of the Arts and Culture Council of Burlington (ACCOB), and Vice President of the Algoma Music Camp in association with
the Great Lakes Summer Music Institute at Algoma University in Sudbury Ontario.
Guest Conductor April 6th "Spring Awakening"
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Guest Conductor February 17th "Space: The Final Frontier"
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Guest Conductor May 25th "Fond Celebration: Gleister
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