An award-winning conductor known for his engaging presence and advocacy for arts education, Antoine T. Clark is the assistant conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta and is the founding artistic and music director of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. A supporter of new music and interdisciplinary artistic collaborations, Mr. Clark regularly commissions new works and engages artists from various practices to create dynamic programming that inspires, fosters music education, and establishes relationships between artists and communities.
Mr. Clark has stood on the podium in front of the Charleston Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. He has guest conducted the Chamber Orchestra of New York, at the Gateways Music Festival and the Colour of Music Festival Chamber Orchestra. This March, Mr. Clark made his debut as guest conductor with the Chicago Sinfonietta premiering Joel Thompson's "breathe/burn: an elegy" for cello and orchestra. The Chicago Tribune states that "Clark led the from the podium with balletic poise."
Mr. Clark served as assistant conductor at the Gateways Music Festival in association with the Eastman School of Music from 2017-2019. He recently competed in the New York Conducting Workshop and the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute. In 2018 and 2019, Mr. Clark was a Finalist for the Respighi Prize in Conducting, and he was a winner in the 2017 International Conductor’s Workshop and Competition.
Mr. Clark has served as music director of the Ohio Northern University Wind Orchestra, music director of the Wayne State College Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Ohio State University Orchestra, and as artistic and music director of the Capital City Chamber Players.
Committed to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of musicians, Mr. Clark has taught students ranging from young beginners through college music majors. He is currently the conductor and music director of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra’s Philharmonia Orchestra, music director of the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra, music director of the Northern Ohio University Symphony Orchestra, and adjunct instructor of woodwinds at Kenyon College. Previously, Mr. Clark served as a faculty member at Denison University, Wayne State College, and Randolph College.
Some of the world’s most noted conductors have mentored Mr. Clark; these include Mei-Ann Chen, Markand Thakar, Michael Jinbo, Mark Gibson, Neil Varon, John Farrer, Toshiyuki Shimada, and Marshall Haddock. Mr. Clark earned the Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from the Ohio State University. He also holds the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. He participated in the Cabrillo Contemporary Festival of Music and the Monteux School and Music Festival.