Artistic Director

JOHN ALDEN FRENCH 

John French Brookside Music AssociationBorn and raised in Midland, John French began his music studies at the age of five with piano lessons.   From these early piano lessons, the love of music lead to a B.Mus. Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, an ARTC in piano performance and studies in Salzburg, Austria. 

Further music education came in the way of a Master’s Degree in Musicology from the University of Toronto and additional post-graduate studies of 19th century vocal music.  John subsequently earned a Master’s of Business Administration in Arts Administration degree at York University.

A career in business never diminished John’s passion for music, witness a lifetime of public performances as an accompanist and recitalist, teacher, choral director, music group founder, including establishment of the Brookside Music Association, and volunteer participation in cultural and charity events. 

John French is on the examining board of Conservatory Canada, on the board of the newly formed El Sistema Midland Music Program, and is highly involved in other community organizations in Huronia.  

 
 

Brookside’s Founder and Artistic Director John French won the Award For Excellence in Culture for his ongoing promotion and support of culture in Midland.

Brookside's Founder and Artistic Director John French won the Award For Excellence in Culture for his ongoing promotion and support of culture in Midland. Congratulations to all recipients. The winners are (L-R): Founders/Builders/Historical Contributors Award: Reinhart Weber Emerging Talent Award: Sweetfire Education In Culture Award: Patricia Stenton Excellence In Culture Award: John FrenchBrookside’s Founder and Artistic Director John French won the Award For Excellence in Culture for his ongoing promotion and support of culture in Midland. Congratulations to all recipients.
The winners are (L-R): Founders/Builders/Historical Contributors Award: Reinhart Weber Emerging Talent Award: Sweetfire Education In Culture Award: Patricia Stenton Excellence In Culture Award: John French.

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