Born and raised in Dieppe, New Brunswick, Justin Guignard is one of New Brunswick’s up-and-coming conductors. Having started his conducting career at the age of 16, he now considers his baton an extension of his hand. Guignard has an affinity for lyrical conducting, something he has developed through his extensive career as a singer under the tutelage of Melody Dobson, Daniel Lichti, Victor Martens, and Monette Gould. His voice has led him to perform in such prestigious venues as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and Carnegie Hall (NYC). Having studied composition with Dr Glenn Buhr and Dr Richard Gibson, Justin’s compositions have been performed by orchestras from Canada, the Dominican Republic, Israel, and the United Kingdom. Justin has recently completed his degree in Composition at the Université de Moncton and is currently completing a degree in education.
Having started voice lessons at the age of 9, Justin Guignard had already won his first Provincial Music Festival by the age of 12, and won a second time in 2012. He was named the Most Outstanding Junior Vocalist in 2006 by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), and got to perform for the French Consul General that same year. From there, his vocal career led him to perform on national television, at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman, and most recently at Carnegie Hall in New York City with John Rutter CBE.
Guignard's compositions have been performed in four different continents. Most known for his Orchestral and Concert Band/Wind Ensemble repertoire, Guignard also avidly composes vocal music. When he is not composing, Justin Guignard spends most of his time orchestrating music and creating arrangements for various different ensembles. He most recently orchestrated the score for the musical "Broadway Musical: The Broadway Musical". Justin hopes to one day pursue a career in orchestral conducting while putting much emphasis on the importance of educating the youth about symphonic music through the integration of guest contemporary/pop artists into its concerts.
Justin has been conducting since the age of 16. Having started his career conducting his high school band, he was immediately hooked. Justin has since spent endless hours perfecting his technique whilst studying in private or in masterclasses with conductors such as Michael Newnham, Francois Dorion, Scott Leithead, Pinchas Zuckerman to name a few. Since January 2016, Justin has been conductor of the Codiac Concert Band, a 45 member community band where he continues to push them to the best of their abilities.