Anthony Blake Clark
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Anthony Blake Clark

Currently leading his second season as Music Director of the nationally acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning Baltimore Choral Arts Society, conductor and composer ANTHONY BLAKE CLARK enjoys a reputation as one of the freshest young voices in classical music.

During his inaugural season with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Anthony Blake Clark received rave reviews for their own programs, prepared them for performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and made his television conducting debut with ABC’s “Christmas with Choral Arts” holiday production.  The premiere choral organization in the Baltimore region, it reaaches more than 100,000 people each year and is an integral part of the fabric of Baltimore’s performing arts scene. Mr. Clark is also Director of Choral Activities in The George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Art and Design, where he conducts the University Singers and vocal chamber ensembles, as well as mentoring student conductors.

Appreciated for his scrupulous attention to detail, Anthony Blake Clark has prepared choruses for esteemed maestri Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Simon Halsey, CBE and Gijs Leenaars for concerts with internationally renowned ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and Rundfunk Chor Berlin. At New York City’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, he was recently one of several conductors for David Lang’s 1,000-voice the public domain, working under his mentor Simon Halsey; he returned as chorusmaster for the 2018 premiere of John Luther Adams’ In the Name of the Earth.

A native of Texas, Anthony Blake Clark attended Baylor University School of Music, studying composition with Dr. Scott McAllister and conducting with Dr. Lynne Gackle. He was a member of the prestigious Baylor A Cappella Choir and, in his final year, served as a student conductor of the Baylor Chamber Singers. While still an undergraduate, he began his conducting activity by co-founding The Texas Baroque Ensemble, presenting in and around San Antonio a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque and Classical eras. Mr. Clark completed advanced conducting studies under three-time Grammy Award winner Simon Halsey, CBE at the United Kingdom’s University of Birmingham, which conferred his Master’s of Music Degree in 2015. While a graduate student, he helped administer the choral ensembles on campus, conducted the University Camerata and was a member of the famed City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, singing under the batons of Sir Simon Rattle, Edward Gardiner, Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda. His time in England also included employment by the CBSO to conduct its Arts Champion Community Choir as part of an initiative to create a community Chorus network across the city, conducting the London Symphony Chorus “Come and Sing Day,” took rehearsals for the CBSO Chorus and led the Barber Summer Festival Sinfonia in its annual performance.

Anthony Blake Clark moved to the Baltimore/Washington area to become Director of Music and Worship Arts at Chevy Chase United Methodist Church, where he regularly led the Sanctuary Choir in performances of sacred masterworks, while reviving the “Soundings Concert Series.” Mr. Clark also served as Artistic Director of St. Maries Musica, the premiere choral ensemble of Southern Maryland.

Anthony Blake Clark is a frequent clinician and has been a guest of Historic Christchurch Alexandria, the Deer Creek Chorale and high school choirs in Maryland, New York and Texas. Recently, he made his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. Mr. Clark also has extensive training in festivals and workshops under master tutors. He was granted a Fellowship to conduct in the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Music Festival, led by Simon Carrington, with whom he also worked in the Sarteano Choral Workshop. In London, he participated in an orchestral conducting program that culminated in a performance of Mozart’s Symphony #41 with the London Classical Soloists.

An active composer, Anthony Blake Clark has had his scores performed in the Washington, DC area, throughout Texas, in the United Kingdom and at Prague’s Dvorák National Museum Concert Hall. Most recently, his music has been premiered by Maryland’s Baltimore Choral Arts Society and National Philharmonic Chamber Singers. His chamber piece Incidental Music on the Pied Piper of Hamelin won the Robert Browning Bicentennial Composition Contest and was performed on a concert series on the Baylor University campus.

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Clark’s musicality was readily apparent in a season-opening program that spanned several centuries, and he seemed to have no trouble getting an expressive response from the ensemble [with Baltimore Choral Arts Society]. Clark had the color and spark in Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Haydn’s Te Deum emerging vividly; the chorus articulated contrapuntal lines on those works with admirable finesse. Based on first impressions, the new music director is off to a promising start.

The Baltimore Sun

In my position as Principal Pops Conductor with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, I have collaborated with Baltimore Choral Arts Society Music Director Anthony Blake Clark. I find his meticulous preparation, knowledge, positive nature and musical spirit to be of the highest order. In my opinion, the musical world is lucky to have him.

JACK EVERLY, Principal Pops Conductor:
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
National Arts Centre Orchestra
Naples Philharmonic Orchestra

Anthony Blake Clark is one of the leading choral conductors of his generation, notable for his drive and passion for music, ideas and people. I recommend him enthusiastically.

SIMON HALSEY, CBE

10/22/2018 (7pm)

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY

Immanuel Chapel, Virginia Theological Seminary (Alexandria)

Miller: John Henry
Brahms: vocal quartets
Schütz: Selig sinf die Toten
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
soloists: Nola Richardson, soprano
Brandon Morales, bass-baritone
with Michael Sheppard, pianist
Leo Wananchek, pianist

10/28/2018 (3pm)

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Towson, MD)

Miller: John Henry
A.B. Clark: Scenes from a Heroic Story
Schütz: Selig sinf die Toten
Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
soloists: Nola Richardson, soprano
Brandon Morales, bass-baritone
with Michael Sheppard, pianist
Leo Wananchek, pianist

11/7/2018 (7pm)

NEW YORK WEST CHESTER HONOR CHOIR

Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY at Purchase

11/11/2018 (3pm)

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SINGERS

Western Presbyterian Church (Washington, DC)

12/4/2018 (7:30pm)

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY

The Baltimore Basilica (MD)

“Christmas with Choral Arts”
with Judith Krummeck, narrator

12/15/2018 (11am)

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Towson, MD)

“Christmas for Kids”
with Pepito the Clown

12/16/2018 (3pm)

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Towson, MD)

Handel: Messiah (sing-along)
with The Choral Arts Orchestra

2/10/2019 (3pm)

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY

Falvey Hall, Brown Center, Maryland Institute College of Art

J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (4 chorales)
Chatman: How Sweet and Fair
Lang: the little match girl passion

5/12/2018 (3pm)

BALTIMORE CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College (Towson, MD)

Mendelssohn: Die erste Walpurgisnacht
Dove: The Monster in the Maze
soloists: Linda Maguire, mezzo-soprano
Brian Giebler, tenor
Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone
with Maryland State Boychoir
The Larks of the Junior League of Baltimore
George Washington University Singers
Muse 360
Peabody Youth Orchestra
The Choral Arts Orchestra

Parry: I Was Glad
Baltimore Choral Arts Society
May 6, 2018

Handel: Messiah (“Hallelujah” Chorus)
Baltimore Choral Arts Society Chorus & Orchestra
December, 2017

Handel: Dixit Dominus
Baltimore Choral Arts Society Chorus & Orchestra
October, 2017 (rehearsal)

Ticheli: Earth Song
St. Maries Musica (Maryland)
April, 2017

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Chevy Chase UMC String Orchestra
December 11, 2016 (rehearsal)

Handel: Water Music (Suite #2)
Barber Summer Festival Sinfonia, University of Birmingham (U.K.)
July, 2014