Dr. Tony Leong

Dr. Tony Leong

University of Toronto Scarborough


Dr. Tony Nam-Hai Leong completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in addition to a Master's degree in Computer Applications and a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Toronto.Dr. Leong studied with Paul Meyer on Violin, Rivka Golani, Daniel Blackman and Rennie Regehr on Viola while studying both orchestral and choral conducting with Professors Dwight Bennett and Lori-Anne Dolloff. He has also participated in masterclasses and chamber music coaching with such eminent musicians as the Orford String Quartet, the St. Lawrence Quartet, Lorand Fenyves, Simon Fryer, and Scott St. John, and has done his Suzuki violin/viola training with Margot Jewell.

Dr. Leong is currently MusicFest Canada’s Chairman of the Orchestra/Strings Division; Past-President of the Ontario Music Educators’ Association’s board of directors and the past co-editor of their publication, “The Recorder”; co-founding director of the Ontario Strings Association; lecturer at the University of Toronto Scarborough; an instructor at Queen’s University; Head of the Performing Arts Department at Sir Oliver Mowat C.I.; and has been a past member on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Music Education in Canada.

Dr. Leong also conducts University of Toronto Scarborough String Orchestra, the National Music Camp of Canada and Sir Oliver Mowat Orchestras and previously, the Music by the Lake and Oakwood C.I. Orchestras, Korean Canadian Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory of Music Baroque and Chamber Orchestras and the Etobicoke Suzuki School of Music Orchestras.Dr. Leong was also a member of the Korean Canadian Symphony Orchestra as a violist for over two decades.

In addition, Dr. Leong has given presentations across Canada and the USA as a Technology and String Education clinician and adjudicator, as well as being a Clinician trainer for Finale and SmartMusic Studio.Dr. Leong’s research areas include string education, technology, adolescents and community music. His publications include the Canadian and Ontario Music Educators’ Association Journals, as well as presentations of his research both at the international and provincial levels. He has also guest lectured courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Toronto, York University, and the University of Western Ontario, as well as having given presentations across Canada and the USA on the topics of string education and technology in the music classroom.


  Session Titles

Guest Conducting


Guest conducting, teaching, clinician for string orchestras, full orchestras and small ensembles.

All Strings Attached


Wondering how to make the beginner string player not sound like they’re strangling a cat? Tricks and Tips will be shared with a special focus on integrating new technology into the music classroom.

Engaging String Students through Creativity


Explore the use of unconventional sounds and composition through the creative process with the string orchestra.

The Fellowship of the Strings


In search for great string repertoire? Looking for secrets to find that perfect piece to inspire your students? Let us explore resources and tools available to make your concert a big success. From opulent openings to fantastic finales, we will uncover the musical treasures together.