Currently embarking on his fourth 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 tenure with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Anthony Blake Clark has consistently received rave reviews, both for work on the podium in his subscription concerts and his preparation of choruses for performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Clark’s leadership of Baltimore Choral Arts has been acknowledged with two nominations for the American Prize, as well as the reception of the prestigious 2020 Chorus America Alice Parker Award. Recently, he led the ensemble on an enthusiastically received tour of the United Kingdom, culminating in a collaboration on Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He annually conducts and produces the celebrated “Christmas with Choral Arts,” televised on ABC2 which was recently nominated for an Emmy Award. The premiere choral organization in the Baltimore region, BCAS reaches 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 Women’s Ensemble, and mentors student conductors. With his university choirs, he has led performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Cathedral and the Music Center at Strathmore.
Appreciated for his scrupulous attention to detail, Anthony Blake Clark has prepared choruses for esteemed maestri Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Simon Halsey CBE, Marin Alsop, and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla for concerts with internationally renowned ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (UK) 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. Clark is equally adept in the orchestral field and frequently appears as cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra, assisting conductors such as Ton Koopman, Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eshenbach, and Manfred Honeck.
A native of Texas, Anthony Blake Clark attended Baylor University School of Music, where he studied composition. While still an undergraduate, he began his professional conducting activity by co-founding The Texas Baroque Ensemble, presenting repertoire from the Baroque and Classical eras. Mr. Clark completed a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting under three-time Grammy Award winner Simon Halsey CBE at the United Kingdom’s University of Birmingham.
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 festival Sinfonia in its annual summer festival 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 led sessions for 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, London, Oxford, Texas, 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.