Antoine T. Clark, Guest Conductor

An award-winning conductor with an engaging presence increasingly in demand on podiums worldwide, a passionate advocate for the arts in education and an actively performing clarinetist, Dr. Antoine T. Clark is a Project Inclusion Freeman Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta.

The Founding Artistic and Music Director of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra in Worthington, Ohio, Dr. Clark was a winner in the 2017 International Conductor’s Workshop and Competition (Atlanta, Georgia), and a finalist for the 2018 Respighi Prize in conducting. During the summer of 2017, he served as Assistant Conductor with the Gateways Music Festival at the world-renowned Eastman School of Music, assisting Michael Morgan and conducting a series of festival performances in Rochester, New York. Dr. Clark has also served as Music Director of the Wayne State College Orchestra in Wayne, Nebraska; Assistant Conductor of the Ohio State University Orchestra; and Artistic and Music Director of the Capital City Chamber Players (Columbus, Ohio).

Dr. Clark has been mentored by some of the world’s most noted conductors at prestigious conducting festivals and workshops around the world, including John Farrer, Toshiyuki Shamada, Dirk Brossé, and Salvatore Di Vittorio at the New York Conducting Workshop, Markand Thakar at the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Conductor’s Workshop, Neil Varon at the University of Oregon Conducting Institute, Alim Shakh at the International Conducting Masterclass with the Moravian Philharmonic (Oloumouc, Czech Republic), Michael Jinbo at the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival (Hancock, Maine), and Ennio Nicotra and Andrew Constantine at the Fort Wayne Philharmonic International Conductor’s Workshop, among others.

Committed to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of musicians, Dr. Clark has taught musicians ranging from young beginners through college music majors. He is currently Adjunct Instructor of Music at Ohio Northern University, where he is Director of the university’s Wind Orchestra, and Adjunct Instructor of Woodwinds at Kenyon College. Previously, Dr. Clark served on the faculties of Denison University, Wayne State College, and Randolph College.

A clarinetist much sought after as an orchestral, chamber, and solo performer, Dr. Clark is Founder and Artistic Director of the Apollo Winds and performs with orchestras around central Ohio, including as an Associate Musician with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as Principal Clarinetist of the Dearborn Symphony (Detroit, Michigan) and the Charlottesville Opera (Charlottesville, Virginia). Dr. Clark has appeared in chamber music performances at the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival, the Gateways Music Festival, Denison University’s “Tutti” New Music Festival, as a guest artist at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s 15th Annual Midwest Clarifest, as a guest artist at the Bowling Green University-Clarinet Day, and elsewhere.

Dr. Clark earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance and the Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Ohio State University. He 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.