Justin Guignard, Conductor (2016 – Present)
Having started voice lessons at the age of 9, Justin Guignard had already won his first Provincial Music Festival by the age of 12, and won a second time in 2012. He was named the Most Outstanding Junior Vocalist in 2006 by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and got to perform for the French Consul General that same year. From there, his vocal career led him to perform on national television, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, and most recently at Carnegie Hall in New York City with John Rutter CBE.
As a composer, Guignard’s compositions have been performed in four different continents. Most known for his Orchestral and Concert Band/Wind Ensemble repertoire, Guignard also avidly composes vocal music. When he is not composing, Justin Guignard spends most of his time orchestrating music and creating arrangements for various different ensembles. He most recently orchestrated the score for the musical “Broadway Musical: The Broadway Musical”. Justin hopes to one day pursue a career in orchestral conducting while putting much emphasis on the importance of educating the youth about symphonic music through the integration of guest contemporary/pop artists into its concerts. Since February 2016 he is the Musical Director of the Codiac Concert Band.
Chad Dominie, Conductor (2003-2015)
He recieved his B.Mus and B.Mus Ed. at Acadia University. His principle instrument is the trumpet which he studied under Geoff Thompson and Mark Dharmaratnam, both former principle trumpet players of Symphony Nova Scotia.
Chad has preformed with Acadia Brass Ensemble and Acadia Band under the direction of Dr. Greg Burton, and Richard Bennett. He also performed in the Acadia Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Both. Chad was also principle trumpet of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra.
Currentley Chad is a member of the Hub City Big Band and also performs as a local freelance musician.
Since Graduating from Acadia he has developed a music program at Salisbury Middle school and J.M.A. Armstrong High School and recently moved to teach music at Riverview High School and is beginning to rebuild a band program at the school.
The most important things in his life are his family and music.