Andrew Clark named Director of Choral Activities

by Tom Lee

The Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and Harvard University Music

Department are pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Clark as Director of Choral Activities at Harvard, and Senior Lecturer in the Music Department. Clark succeeds Dr. Jameson Marvin who is retiring from the post after thirty-two years of extraordinary service.

Andrew Clark comes to Harvard from Tufts University, where he has served as Director of Choral Activities since 2003. Under his leadership, the Tufts choirs have quadrupled in membership, and have undertaken international tours, new music festivals, and regular collaborations with other university choirs and ensembles. Clark teaches conducting, music theory, and orchestration in the Tufts Music Department.

Clark is also Artistic Director of The Providence Singers, an award-winning choral organization of 120 singers and five staff members. With Clark, the Providence Singers has earned critical praise for artistically rewarding and innovative concerts, distinctive community engagement programs, and dynamic organizational partnerships. Clark conducted the Providence Singers and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in two acclaimed commercial recordings: Lukas Foss’s cantata The Prairie, and Jonah and the Whale by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento.

The Providence Singers was selected from a national pool to produce one of seven National Endowment for the Arts "American Masterpieces Choral Festivals" in 2007. The Providence Singers has also collaborated with the Kronos Quartet, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, New Haven Symphony, Newport Baroque Orchestra, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

In addition to these appointments, Clark has served as Music Director of The Worcester Chorus, Chorus Master and Assistant Conductor of Opera Boston, Associate Conductor of the Boston Pops Esplanade Chorus, Director of Choral Activities at Clark University, Assistant Conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (the chorus of the Pittsburgh Symphony), and Assistant Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum.

Clark has led ensembles in prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center,

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, Stephansdom in Vienna, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Mechanics Hall, and throughout Europe and North America. He is a member of the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda and has been recognized by Chorus America as one of our country’s most promising conductors. He holds his Masters in Choral Conducting from Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Grammy-award winning conductor Robert Page, and is completing doctoral coursework at Boston University with Professor Ann Howard Jones.

The Director of Choral Activities conducts the three principal choruses of the Holden Choirs. These are the Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. The Harvard Glee Club (HGC) is the oldest college choir in the United States and the Radcliffe Choral Society (RCS) is the oldest women’s organization at Harvard. Together they served for more than 50 years as the principal choruses for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Harvard Radcliffe Collegium Musicum (HRCM) was formed in 1971 with the advent of coeducation at Harvard and has become one of the elite collegiate mixed choirs in America.

Each of the Holden Choirs has an active concert schedule and tours frequently during the academic year and during University vacation. The Holden Program also includes the Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, the Holden Voice Program, and the Choir-in-Progress. The Director is responsible for all music decisions, repertoire, and conductorial leadership, and works with his staff and with students to plan, schedule, and carry out the activities of each chorus. In addition, the Director of Choral Activities teaches two courses in the Music Department and holds the rank of Senior Lecturer.

Clark's appointment is effective with the start of the 2010-2011 academic year. He will inherit a program that is vibrant, ambitious and ready for new challenges. "I have been deeply honored and thrilled to make music with these extraordinary students over thirty-plus years," former Director of Choral Activities Dr. Jameson Marvin has stated. "Andy Clark is a perfect fit for our choral singers and for galvanizing new and important directions for the Holden Choirs and Choral Program at Harvard. His breadth of knowledge, comprehensive musicianship, and charismatic leadership will inspire a whole new generation of students."

[Caption: Andy Clark conducting]