Graham J. Young B. Music (McMaster 1974) B. Education (UWO 1993)
Beginning his musical studies in Hamilton in 1962, Graham Young
maintains an active schedule as a performer and teacher in the Hamilton
area. Graham is a veteran and served with the RCNR. Completing a
Bachelor of Music at McMaster University in 1974 he went on to graduate
studies at the University of Victoria and the University of Toronto in
musicology and at the University of Western Ontario where he obtained a
Bachelor of Education in music.
Graham has been the principal trumpet of Symphony Hamilton since it’s beginning as the McMaster Symphony Orchestra in 1973 and continuing as the Burlington Symphony Orchestra and the McMaster University Chamber Orchestra where he is also currently the personnel manager. He is the leader and founder of the Celebration Brass Quintet and plays soprano and solo cornet with the Cottonwood Brass. He is also in demand as a soloist with choirs and churches in the Hamilton area having appeared with the Bach-Elgar Choir, Mohawk Singers, Canadian Orpheus Male Choir, John Liang Singers and Hamilton Children’s Choir among others. He has appeared as soloist with the Guelph Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Hamilton, and McMaster Chamber Orchestra.
In addition, he plays regularly with other local orchestras including the Niagara Symphony, Oakville Symphony and others. As well as being the librarian for the Burlington Symphony Orchestra he is currently principal trumpet of the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera. In the jazz field, he leads the Swing Katz Jazz Band and has performed for musicals. As a contractor, he operates Hamilton Musician Services which provides live music for all occasions.