Nonmajors and majors may audition for a variety of organizations which rehearse regularly and perform several yearly concerts.
Clark Concert Choir and Chamber Chorus
Christine Noel, Director of Choral Activities
The Clark University Choirs are comprised of a large Concert Choir and a small, select Chamber Chorus. Together, these choirs have performed in concerts on Clark's campus, in the Worcester community at venues from St. Peter's Church to the Worcester Art Museum to Mechanics Hall, and on concert tours of New York City and Spain. Recently, they have performed major works including Orff's Carmina Burana, Haydn's Creation, and Mozart's and Fauré's Requiems. Students study a wide variety of music in an encouraging atmosphere.
Christine Noel, Director of Choral Activities, is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting at Boston University, where she has conducted the BU Concert and Women's Choruses. Ms. Noel is the Founder and Artistic Director of the RI Children's Chorus, Music Director of the Carillon Women's Chorus of RI, and Assistant Conductor of the Providence Singers. Ms. Noel received her Master of Music from Boston University and completed Italian language studies at the Università degli Studi di Firenze. While in Italy, she served as Assistant Conductor of two Florentine choirs, Coro Animae Voces and Coro Polifonico di Caricentro. Ms. Noel is the recipient of the Shinn Study Abroad Grant to Kecskemét, Hungary, where she pursued an academic year of study at the Kodály Institute of Music.
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.
Jim Allard, director
This organization provides students an opportunity to rehearse and perform jazz. The Jazz Workshop is open to players of all abilities, and strives to increase jazz awareness and appreciation in its members and throughout the Clark community. The group performs both on and off campus throughout the year.