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Joe Clark

Graduate Conducting Intern | Graduate Teaching Assistant

Joe Clark is currently a candidate for the master of music in wind band conducting and serves as a graduate teaching assistant with the University of Illinois Bands. He recently completed his undergraduate career at the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester, where he received degrees in music education, clarinet performance, and mathematics. While there, Joe put together a wide variety of ensembles, ran a weekly reading orchestra, and was co-artistic director of the Eastman Clarinet Choir.

A native of Massachusetts, Joe continues to work with ensembles near home. He has been on the staff of the North Middlesex Regional High School marching band and winter percussion programs as both music/visual staff and drill-writer. He is a counselor at the UMass Lowell Symphonic Band Camp, a weeklong program for high school students. Additionally, he runs an annual summer chamber music program designed to allow high school and returning college students an opportunity to continue making music at a high level over the summer.  

In addition to conducting, Joe’s musical interests are diverse. As a clarinetist, he has put on a wide variety of recitals, ranging from standard classical repertoire accompanied by jazz combo to a recital entirely on alto clarinet. As a composer, he has had works premiered by the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and the Bay View Music Festival. As an educator, he intends to continue to work with high school students following his degree at Illinois.

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