B i o g r a p h y
An American-Canadian jazz drummer and percussionist currently based in New York City.
Master of Music Performance - Jazz Studies Degree
Aaron Copland School of Music - City University of New York.
BFA Specialized Honors Music Performance (Dean's Honor Roll) York University Toronto
2017 Aaron Copland School of Music - Special Achievement Award
2014 WHIPLASH Drum Competition -Grand Prize Winner
2014 selection as one of Toronto’s rising jazz talents to appear on Jazz 91.1 FM Jazzology series
2013 Oscar Peterson Scholarship Award for Jazz Workshop Year 3 performance
Graduate of North Toronto Collegiate known for its enriched music program under the direction of Liz Montieth. North Toronto's music program prepared Conor for a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music’s Summer Percussion Week and acceptance by audition into New York University’s Summer Broadway Percussion program.
Conor has studied Jazz percussion with Dennis Mackrel, Barry Romberg and Anthony Michelli and composition and arranging with Barry Elmes. In addition he studied world percussion with Rick Lazar, Javier Diaz and Michael Lipsey as well as tabla with Ravi Naimpally. Mark Eisenman, Lorne Lofsky and Kelly Jefferson have also been essential to ensemble studies. Conor also studied Latin jazz with Ruben Vazquez at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Conor performs in a variety of Latin, Ladino, jazz, funk and fusion ensembles and lends his talents as a percussionist in theatre and as an accompanist for various artists. He leads his own group Conor Hall Trio, is a member of Vivi Hu Quartet and also The Yonge Kings, a New Orleans inspired band. He is also a member of Yowana Sari Gamelan (Balinese Gamelan)
Conor is currently a Music Activity Specialist with New York Edge and a drum instructor at BANG!The Drum School in New York.