Jonathan Wong (he/him) is a Toronto-based conductor, keyboardist, clarinettist, singer, and educator. His wide-ranging work in concert, opera, and musical theatre contexts is unified by a love for music’s communicative power and its ability to build communities in inimitable ways.
This season Jonathan serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Strings Attached Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Serenata Singers, Conductor of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and Instructor of conducting at Tyndale University. He was twice a conducting fellow with the Denis Wick Canadian Wind Orchestra, Apprentice Conductor with Orchestra Toronto, and a recipient of the College Band Directors National Association Mike Moss Conducting Study Grant.
Jonathan’s experience as an award-winning clarinettist includes solo, chamber, orchestral, and wind band playing. Career highlights include performing at Carnegie Hall as concertmaster of the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and a concerto performance with the University of Toronto Wind Ensemble as a winner of the University of Toronto Winds Concerto Competition. As a keyboardist, Jonathan plays both modern and historical instruments. He particularly enjoys collaborative and continuo work on piano, harpsichord, and organ.
Jonathan is fiercely committed to education in community, classroom, and private settings. In addition to teaching at Tyndale University, he teaches and coaches clarinet, piano, and voice, and he can be found leading sectionals, clinics, and masterclasses across the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. Engaging beyond the local community, he is a Research Fellow with the Institute of Composer Diversity, examining works for wind band by underrepresented composers, and is a volunteer editor of The Wind Repertory Project.
Jonathan holds an Advanced Certificate in Performance, Early Music (harpsichord) and a Bachelor of Music with Honours (music education, clarinet) from the University of Toronto.