Dr. Scott MacLennan is the Music Director of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Wind Symphony and Director of Bands at the Byng Arts Academy in the Performing and Visual Arts, in Vancouver, B.C. Dr. MacLennan holds a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia along with a Master of Music in Conducting (Wind Band) from Sam Houston State University, Texas. He has studied conducting with Ken Hsieh, Morihiro Okabe, and Wayne Toews and participated in numerous conducting master classes given by Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Anthony Maiello, Ralph Hultgren, and Robert Ponto. Dr. MacLennan received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia where his research involves studying students’ conceptions of ancillary movements (physical movements not necessary in the production of sound) in instrumental music performance.
As well, Dr. MacLennan has been on faculty at the University of British Columbia as a sessional lecturer teaching conducting and rehearsal techniques. He has guest conducted the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra and the Saskatchewan Honour Orchestra at the Saskatchewan Music Educators’ Association’s conference 2014, as well as being in demand as a guest clinician/conductor/adjudicator with various schools in BC.
Since 1997, Dr. MacLennan has been Music Director at the Byng Arts Academy in the Performing and Visual Arts. He has conducted his award winning ensembles in various locations throughout Great Britain, France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, China, the United States, and Canada. His ensembles have won Gold and Superior grades from every provincial and national festival that they have entered since 2002 and have performed in such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, New York, USA, and Santa Maria della Pieta (Vivaldi’s Church) in Venice, Italy.
From 2006 - 2008, Dr. MacLennan was hired by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra to edit and draft curriculum for their VSO Connects (Secondary) program. In October 2006, he chaired the BC Music Educator’s Association’s Conference Pulse 2006 and currently sits as a board member of the Chamber Music in the Schools Society, BC Band Association, and the Vancouver School Music Teachers’ Association.