Clarinet

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Daniel Smith
Clarinet, Flute, Recorder, Saxophone

Daniel Smith studied under Robert Riseling at the University of Western Ontario during his high school years. After winning the Golden Reed Award in 1992 at Music Fest Canada (as the top clarinet player in the high school ranking), he received a full scholarship to attend Arizona State University and study under Robert Spring for a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance. After, he worked at the University of Mephis as a Teaching assistant and completed his Masters in Clarinet Performance. While at Memphis, Daniel opened his own clarinet studio and played regularly in the professional musical community. Since leaving Memphis and returning to Canada in 1999, Daniel has played professionally and taught woodwinds at Pro-Music, helping students progress from making their first sounds to receiving scholarships at universities. Daniel is an accomplished player on clarinet, flute, and saxophone, and his students succeed in many endeavors including RCM exams, Arts York auditions and university entrances.

Credentials: M.Mus., B.Mus.

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Marco Wong
Clarinet, Saxophone

Marco Wong is currently studying saxophone performance at the University of Toronto. Growing up listening to classical albums, Marco has always had an ear for music. His first encounter with a musical instrument was at the age of 5, when he started the violin, later picking up the saxophone at the age of 12 and the guitar at 15.

Marco had previously studied with Daniel Smith and Joe Varga, current teachers at Pro Music, and currently studies with Dr. Wallace Halladay at U of T. He has played in several groups such as the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra, the Ontario Provincial Honour Band, and the Canadian Wind Orchestra. He has also worked with many notable musicians including Maestro Colin Clarke, Robert Sheldon, Carolyn Barber, and John Mackey, to name a few. Some of his musical appearances include Orchestra Hall in Chicago, New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall, and Massey Hall and the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, both in Toronto. He has also performed solos in various events such as political charity dinners, fundraisers, recitals, weddings, and even street performing a few times.

Marco enjoys spending time giving back to the community by volunteering for many charities and not-for-profit organizations. He has served once a week every winter for the last 5 years volunteering at Out of the Cold, a program for the homeless, with an aim to keep homeless people off the freezing streets of the Greater Toronto Area.