Robert Franz, Music Director
Year founded: 1947
The Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is a professional regional orchestra composed of 39 musicians. Since its inception in 1947, the orchestra has evolved from a group of volunteers to an orchestra of highly skilled core and per service professional musicians. Robert Franz was appointed WSO Music Director in 2013.
The WSO has a reputation for musical excellence, innovative programming, educational and community outreach, and artistic engagement with Canadian performers and composers. The orchestra has a long history of community participation contributing to, and sustaining, the cultural life of the Windsor/Essex community. WSO performances have aired on CBC national radio, helping the orchestra to connect with audiences outside the physical confines of the theatre.
Photo credit: Windsor Symphony Orchestra
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Current home: Toronto, ON
With recent performances of his works by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra symphonique de Montréal, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and more, Jordan Pal has emerged as one of Canada’s most exciting new generation composers. A 2016 JUNO nominee, Pal’s work has been lauded by audiences, critics, and leading industry professionals, while being described as “brilliantly imaginative,” “genuinely compelling” (Concertonet.com), “truly breathtaking,” and “beautifully crafted” (American Record Guide).
Described as “one to watch” (LaPresse), Pal has had the privilege of being commissioned and performed by many of Canada’s finest orchestras and ensembles, including the Gryphon Trio, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, Orchestra symphonique de Montréal, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Regina Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Symphony Nova Scotia, Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Windsor SymphonyOrchestra, and more.
Pal is the RBC Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (since 2015), and was the National Youth Orchestra of Canada’s 2014 RBC Composer-in-Residence. He holds a doctorate degree in composition from the University of Toronto, under the mentorship of Gary Kulesha.