Jordan College of Fine Arts
School of Music

Richard Auldon Clark, director of the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Professor of violin and viola


Butler Symphony Orchestra conductor Richard Auldon Clark is one of the youngest conductors ever to appear on the stage of Carnegie Hall. A fervent proponent of American music, Mr. Clark has conducted more than 100 world premiere performances and has 30 CD recordings in his rapidly expanding discography. He has committed the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra to premiering and recording the music of young composers, as well as that of more established artists whose works have been overlooked or forgotten. Recent guest conducting appearances include: the Long Island Philharmonic, Broadway's Annie Get Your Gun, Long-Island Opera, Mercyhurst Opera Company, Mexico City, Jalapa (Mexico) and "Broadway on Broadway." In addition to his conducting, Mr. Clark is an active recitalist and chamber musician. Originally from Apalachin, New York, Mr. Clark studied violin and viola in New York City with Raphael Bronstein, Ariana Bronne and Lillian Fuchs. Mr. Clark is on the faculty of Rutgers University's Mason Gross School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music, where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

Mr. Clark founded the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra in 1987, and continues to serve as its director and conductor. Hailed by the media as an "extraordinary ensemble of virtuosos," and credited with providing the "definitive versions of forgotten American masterpieces," the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra has been dedicated to innovative, exciting and multi-cultural programming. The MCO has premiered and recorded the music of such diverse composers as William Grant Still, Alec Wilder, Victor Herbert, Henry Cowell, Alan Hovhaness, Otto Luening, Dominick Argento, Randall Thompson, Eric Ewazen, David Amram and Dave Soldier. The MCO performs music of all genres with a special emphasis on contemporary American music. The MCO has toured for Allied Concert Services, Community Concerts and World Touring Productions, playing to audiences throughout the United States and Asia. In New York City, the MCO maintains a busy performing and recording schedule. The MCO performs an average of eight concerts per season in New York City, presenting its "Mostly American" series at Merkin Concert Hall, appearing regularly on the popular concert series at Trinity Church on Wall Street and also producing an educational concert program for elementary school children from the Harlem area in conjunction with Riverbank State Park. Maestro Clark's ambitious recording plan has the orchestra undertake an average of three new CD titles each season.

The orchestra has also been featured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Weill Recital Hall and the United Nations. In 1995, the orchestra received the NAIRD "Indie" award for Best Classical Album for its CD "Mountains and Rivers Without End," and was awarded the Lincoln Center Arts Project Award and performed at Alice Tully Hall. The Manhattan Chamber Orchestra's 30 CD recordings are released on the Newport Classic, KOCH International, AVANT, VOX, Helicon, KLEOS Classics and Mulatta Records labels.

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