Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra is happy to announce a new Resident Conductor & Community Ambassador – Frédéric-Alexandre Michaud. 

Currently the artistic director of the Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Joliette (OSJJ) and  of his own ensemble the Brownies Concerto Orchestra (BCO), Michaud is dedicated to the music community. Originally from Sainte-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec, he is a hardworking and talented conductor, skilled violinist and a cultural commentator. He holds two Master’s degrees from McGill University in orchestral conducting and violin performance, and is currently completing doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at McGill under the guidance of Jean Lesage as well as maestros David Itkin and Jonathan Dagenais and Mélanie Léonard.

Michaud is a highly trained and experienced conductor who has worked diligently with some of today’s preeminent conductors, such as Alexander Shelley and maestro Alain Trudel. He has experience with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and has hosted classical music segments on CBC stations in Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine and Bas-St-Laurent. 

Andrea Sears, President of the TBSO Board, is enthusiastic about the appointment. “Frédéric stood out in the search process not only for his passion and talent, but also for his dedication to building community,” she said. “We are certain he will be a wonderful addition to our orchestra and our community.”

Michaud replaces Maria Fuller who left the position of Resident Conductor with the TBSO last year. We welcome Michaud to our music community in Thunder Bay and are excited to see him perform some time this summer!