An accomplished young conductor and saxophonist, Chinley Hinacay is steadily making himself known throughout Western Canada. Earning degrees from the University of Calgary (M.Mus) and the University of British Columbia (B.Mus), Hinacay dedicates himself to cultivating the musical potential of Canada and raising awareness for the fine arts.
Hinacay is currently the director of the Calgary Youth Wind Ensemble and has led multiple ensembles throughout Calgary and the Greater Vancouver Area as director, assistant conductor, and guest conductor. These ensembles include the Calgary Wind Symphony, the Vancouver Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vancouver Pops Orchestra. Hinacay has also acted as the former director of Red Deer College’s Symphonic Winds and ensemble director of the Shangyin School of Music.
In addition to his conducting duties, Hinacay is also an award-winning saxophonist, achieving first place medals in the 2018 Canadian Music Competition and the 2017 National Music Festival, awarded second place in the Friends of Chamber Music Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the 2019 Stepping Stones Competition. Employed as a clinician, performer, and teacher throughout British Columbia and Alberta, Hinacay strives to maintain a high standard throughout his performances and teachings. He has been instructed by some of North America’s premier saxophone pedagogues and has participated in masterclasses by Kenneth Tse, Otis Murphy, and Frederick Hemke, and Tim Mcallister.