An award-winning conductor known for his engaging stage presence and advocacy for arts education, Antoine T. Clark is the assistant conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta and 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.
Among the distinguished ensembles that Clark has guested with are the Charleston Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and the Colour of Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, as well as engagements at Gateways Music Festival. Recent performance highlights include Mr. Clark's 2021 debut with the Chicago Sinfonietta. For his work leading the premiere of Joel Thompson's "breathe/burn: an elegy" for cello and orchestra, the Chicago Tribune praised "Clark led the from the podium with balletic poise." With McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra, he led a collaboration with musicians from the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in a concert tribute to John Coltrane. A staunch supporter of DEI, Mr. Clark also participated in Chicago Sinfonietta's 15th Annual Diversity Reception.
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 – Philharmonia Orchestra, music director of the Ohio Wesleyan University Chamber Orchestra, and music director of the Northern Ohio University Symphony Orchestra.
Prior posts include serving as assistant conductor at the Gateways Music Festival in association with the Eastman School of Music from 2017-2019, 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 artistic and music director of the Capital City Chamber Players. He also has served as a faculty member at Denison University, Wayne State College, and Randolph College.
Antoine T. Clark holds a 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 a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. A winner in the 2017 International Conductor's Workshop and Competition, he has participated in the Cabrillo Contemporary Festival of Music, the Monteux School and Music Festival, the New York Conducting Workshop, and the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute. Among his mentors are conductors Mei-Ann Chen, Michael Morgan, Markand Thakar, Michael Jinbo, and Marshall Haddock.