Wesley Ferreira is currently a professor at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where he is Director of Bands, teaches instrumental conducting, and maintains a thriving Clarinet and Saxophone studio. A native of London, Ontario, Wesley is a rising professional musician who has received much acclaim as both clarinetist and conductor. A winner of numerous awards, he has been a featured soloist with Orchestra London, and has performed with many renowned artists. Wesley is an active soloist and chamber musician, with international appearances including masterclasses and performances in the Azores, Portugal (1999), the International Clarinet and Saxophone festival in Xi’an China (2005), University of Wisconsin Green Bay (2006), and the University of Michigan (2007). He is a founding member of the Beausejour Trio and Atlantic Wind Orchestra. In recent years, he has shown avid support for new music by commissioning works (Vistas, Calcipher), premiering multiple others (Clarinet Quartet, Solar Flair –Cdn) and organizing several collaborative arts projects in Ontario. He has appeared in many television spots and in print media and can be heard performing on several recordings ranging in scope from classical to folk. He has worked as Program administrator of the University of Western Ontario New Horizons Band program and currently serves as President of the Canadian Association of Bandas Filarmonicas.
Wesley is a much sought after adjudicator and clinician of large ensembles, chamber groups and solo instruments, serving at music festivals, area high schools, summer music programs, and at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. Most recently, Wesley was invited to sit on panels at the Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick music festivals provincial finals (2008). He has held conducting positions with the Banda Lira do Divino Espirito Santo (2005-2007), Oxford Winds (2006-2007), and the University of Western Ontario New Horizons Band (2006). As conductor of the Portuguese Heritage Band Project (2007-present), he released a recording entitled Across the Ocean: The Music of Bandas Filarmonicas (2007) which was played on CBC radio shortly after its release. The recording features original works for the genre as performed by authentic musicians brought together from various parts of Ontario. In the summer of 2008, Wesley conducted the Faculty Band at Acadia University’s Summer music camp, the Festival Winds at Southampton Summer Music and was the Associate Artistic Director of Stratford Summer Music, conducting the premiere Opera Workshop of Hamlet by composer Mark Richards. Wesley attended the University of Western Ontario where he received a Bachelor of Music degree (with honors) in Instrumental Performance studying under the tutelage of his mentor, professor emeritus Robert Riseling. He went on to receive a Masters of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University (ASU), studying with world-renowned clarinetist Robert Spring. Wesley is also currently a Doctoral of Music Arts (D.M.A) candidate at ASU.voltar