Canada’s NAC Orchestra taps Bartholomew-Poyser as principal youth conductor and creative partner

Posted on: February 28, 2022

“Calgary native Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser will bring the musical influence of Jamaica to the National Arts Centre Orchestra as part of his new role as the orchestra’s principal youth conductor and creative partner,” writes Lynn Saxberg in Wednesday’s (2/23) Ottawa Citizen (Canada). “A music educator-turned-orchestral conductor, Bartholomew-Poyser has worked with orchestras across North America, from Thunder Bay to San Francisco. He will be the first titled Black conductor in the NAC Orchestra’s history. However, he’s no stranger to NAC audiences. Bartholomew-Poyser has collaborated with NACO and the National Creation Fund on various projects and conducted the orchestra during the televised broadcast of last year’s Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards. The first major project in his three-year NAC mandate is … Reggae Roots, a video-on-demand learning series that features the Jamaican-born, Halifax-based reggae singer, Jah’Mila, and program an accompanying concert of reggae-infused orchestral music to be included in NACO’s 2022-23 season.… Bartholomew-Poyser’s duties will also include developing concert programs for families and students, engaging with the arts-education community and working on special projects with the orchestra’s artistic planning team. He starts the new job this month.”