Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra
The Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra (CASTYO) was established in 1993. CASTYO is a not-for-profit organization and is affiliated with the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto.
The Youth Orchestra consists of nearly sixty young musicians. The coaching team of CASTYO provides our musicians with professional support and is led by Tony Fan, conductor and music director; and Samantha Chang, conductor of the flute choir and assistant conductor of the youth orchestra.
CASTYO’s mission is to nurture the talents of young musicians by providing them with orchestral performance experience. For every member of the orchestra, CASTYO hopes to instill a sense of self-discipline and commitment to music and the art of group performance. Through regular practice, rehearsals and performances, members of CASTYO polish their technique, strengthen their appreciation of music, and familiarize themselves with the art of group performance.
In addition to performing in concert halls, CASTYO members perform at local community events on a volunteer basis. In the last 20 years, CASTYO members have performed for seniors at retirement homes, and also hold free concerts at churches and shopping centers in the community. CASTYO values the opportunity to share their love of classical music with all members of our community.
Tony Ho Tang Fan graduated with an L.R.S.M. in violin performance from the Associated Board of the London Royal School of Music in 1983. He has held the post of assistant second violin leader in
Under his baton, the CAST Youth Orchestra has performed in numerous fund-raising concerts, including that for the 2005 Southeast Asia Disaster Relief program. The Orchestra was also invited to participate in the 2005 Canadian-Chinese Performing Arts Festival, performing in celebration of Asian Heritage Month in Glenn Gould Studio. As well, in May 2005, the Orchestra was invited to perform in
As well, Mr. Fan’s conducting experiences extend to large scale productions and musicals. Recent CAST performances include the Christmas productions of “Wondrous Gift” (2006), “Journey to the Manger” (2005), “I Have Seen the Light” (2004), “Repeat the Sounding Joy” (2003), performed in collaboration with the
Tony Fan is currently the Music Director-cum-Conductor of the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra, and a member of the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto.
Hailed by The WholeNote Magazine for her “lyricism, resourcefulness, and strong personal commitment to the flute”, Canadian flutist Samantha Chang is a musical tour de force and rising young artist. Her mandate to perform, teach, and create opportunities for aspiring flutists is nothing short of astonishing.
Samantha released her debut album, “Flute Sketches” in March 2009, and subsequently toured Canada, the UK, China, and Taiwan, wrapping up with a concert in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York. In April 2011, Ms. Chang drew a full house to Koerner Hall, celebrating the release of her second album “Sentimentale”.
Along with her performance schedule, Samantha is committed to several arts organizations devoted to furthering young talent and fundraisers for charities in the community. In 2009, she created Samantha Chang Productions Inc., a company dedicated to promoting music development and education in Canada. Samantha frequently visits schools as workshop instructor for young flute students, and as the executive director of the Canadian Flute Association, she coordinated the first Canadian Flute Convention, with the second convention taking place at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto in 2015.
Devoted to the repertoire, Ms. Chang founded Yikewen International, a publishing company focusing on rare flute sheet music. Samantha is also conductor of the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society Youth Symphony Orchestra (OCMS-YSO) and the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Youth Orchestra (CASTYO) Flute Choir, assistant conductor of CASTYO, competition manager of the Toronto International Piano Competition and CCC Toronto Piano Competition, and regional representative for Di Zhao Flutes.
Samantha Chang is a Fellow of the Trinity College London and Fellow of the London College of Music. She received her Postgraduate Diploma and Licentiate at the Royal Academy of Music in London (England) and Associate performance and teaching diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (Canada). She is currently a research assistant and MA student at the University of Toronto, with interests in Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque art history. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys reading, following the World Cup, and speaks English, French, Mandarin, understands Taiwanese, and “mumbles through Latin, Italian, German, Cantonese, and Japanese”.
Samantha Chang performs on a Muramatsu Platinum Clad Flute, DN Model Flute, and Alto Flute.