Nonmajors and majors may audition for a variety of organizations which rehearse regularly and perform several yearly concerts.
Clark Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus
Emily Isaacson, Director of Choral Activities
Emily Isaacson is recognized for her versatility, sensitivity and energy on the stage. She is the director of choral activities at Clark University and the artistic director of the Oratorio Chorale and Maine Chamber Ensemble, a symphonic chorus and professional orchestra in Maine.
Isaacson regularly conducts the great masterworks of the choral/orchestral repertoire, with a particular focus on Baroque and contemporary repertoire. A strong advocate of new music, Isaacson has commissioned or conducted early performances of works by Loren Loiacono, John Rommeriem, and Scott Ordway. Isaacson also assisted in the creation of the new vocal music ensemble "Roomful of Teeth," which received a 2014 GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and whose Partita for 8 Voices was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
A graduate of Williams College, Isaacson was awarded the St. Andrews Society Fellowship for graduate study in Scotland, where she earned a master's degree in musicology from Edinburgh University. Additional research and educational experiences have brought her to Cuba, Sweden, Estonia, and Italy. She holds a second master's degree from the University of Oregon and is currently a candidate for the doctorate in musical arts in choral conducting at the University of Illinois. Emily lives in Boston with her husband and one-year old daughter.
Chamber Ensembles rehearse and perform musical works for the Clark community. The ensembles are made up of members of the Clark community and are directed by professional conductors who serve as artistic directors and faculty advisers.Ensembles consists of three primarily independent organizations:
Rick Cain, director
The Clark Concert Band consists of woodwinds, brass and percussion. Richard Cain brings to his position as director many years of experience. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Michael's College, Mr. Cain pursued graduate studies in education at Berklee College of Music, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. Mr. Cain's principle instruments are the French Horn and String Bass, and he performs with a number of local orchestras and jazz groups.
Peter Sulski, director
The Clark Sinfonia was founded in the spring of 2003 and is a string ensemble with the occasional addition of wind, brass, and timpani. Its musical foundations are the excellent repertoire available for strings, along with the symphonic repertoire of Haydn and Mozart. To date the group's repertoire list includes over fifteen major works, most notably Shostakovitch's Chamber Symphony and Haydn's Symphony no. 104, the 'London'. The group runs without a conductor to allow the musicians greater freedom and responsibility.
Director Peter Sulski was for many years a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and a prime player in the orchestra's educational Discovery Program. He gave his Carnegie debut in 1999, and London debut in 2001. For two years he was Head of Strings of the National Palestinian Conservatory, and from 1996-2000, he toured regularly with the Apple Hill Chamber Players. He is currently recording the entire string oeuvre of works by Bach for Centaur Records. Mr. Sulski is Artistic Director of the Worcester Chamber Music Society, the Thayer Festival and the Al Kamandjati Baroque Festival of the Middle East. He is also a member of QX and Mistral.
CHAMBER MUSIC ENSEMBLES
Sima Kustanovich, director
Small Chamber Music groups, vary in instrumentation, depending on auditions/enrollment at the beginning of each semester are coached by music faculty instructors of Clark University. These groups have extending opportunities to work on amazing chamber music repertoire and perform it on/off campus in recitals.
Eric Hofbauer, director
Eric Hofbauer has become a significant force in Boston's improvised-music scene," declares Stereophile's David R. Adler, "His aesthetic evokes old blues, Americana, Tin Pan Alley, bebop, and further frontiers. There's a rule-breaking spirit but also an impeccable rigor, a foundation of sheer chops and knowledge, that put Hofbauer in the top tier of guitarists."
Hofbauer has been an integral member of Boston's jazz scene as a musician, bandleader, organizer and educator for the past fifteen years, where he has performed and recorded alongside such notable collaborators as Han Bennink, Roy Campbell, Jr., John Tchicai, Garrison Fewell, Cecil McBee, Steve Swell and Matt Wilson.
Hofbauer is perhaps best known for his solo guitar work featured in a trilogy of solo guitar recordings (American Vanity, American Fear and American Grace). Of the trilogy, Andrew Gilbert of The Boston Globe writes, "No other guitarist in jazz has developed a solo approach as rigorous, evocative, and thoughtful as Hofbauer".