Jonathan Dagenais holds a Master’s degree in conducting from McGill University and a Bachelor’s degree in Writing Techniques from the Université de Montréal.
A teacher at the college, university and high school levels (direction, composition, writing and auditory training), Mr. Dagenais also pursues a career as a composer and arranger for wind orchestra. Her works have been performed several times by Canadian university and college ensembles, appearing on several professional recordings, and some of them have been featured in MusicFest Canada’s compelling works since 2009. Her compositions are currently edited and published across Canada. the world at Alfred Publishing Publishing, Eighth Note Publications and Hafabra Music.
Jonathan Dagenais has a very active management career. Since his founding in 2005, he has been musical and artistic director of the Unidentified Wind Orchestra (UFO), a Montreal concert harmony that he co-founded and which is dedicated to collective listening, to sound work orchestral, with sensitivity of interpretation and humor. In 2010 and 2017, he was appointed director of the McGill Wind Orchestra (McGill Wind Orchestra) and was guest conductor at the Montreal Pop Symphony Orchestra (OSPM) in 2012. He also conducts the Philharmonic Circle of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu since September 2012. Since September 2015, he has been Music and Artistic Director of the Video Games Orchestra (OJV), a Montreal-based band dedicated to interpreting music from video game soundtracks. Since he himself has long been a big fan of video games and their music, this “artistic marriage” was very natural. Finally, for the year 2018-2019, he was appointed guest conductor for the Ottawa Pops Orchestra.
Mr. Dagenais is a regular judge assessor and / or clinician at more than 20 music festivals and competitions across North America. Since 2017, he is the artistic director of MusicFest Québec. He is also engaged annually as a conductor at summer sessions in some Canadian musical camps and as guest conductor for several Canadian honorary ensembles. He has been selected as the conductor of the 2013 edition of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the most prestigious honorary harmony in the country. He is also a partner conductor and trainer in music education for the company Twigg Musique in Quebec and Artist Master Educator for the company Yamaha Canada.
Mr. Dagenais is currently a visiting professor at McGill University.