Andrew Clark is the Director of Choral Activities at Harvard University, conducting the men’s Harvard Glee Club, the women’s Radcliffe Choral Society, and the mixed Harvard–Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. He serves as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music, teaching courses in conducting, music theory, and choral literature.
Choirs under his direction have performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center and in 2012 earned the Grand Prize and two gold prizes at the International Competition for Chamber Choirs in Petrinja, Croatia. Dr. Clark has organized Harvard residencies with distinguished conductors, composers, and ensembles, including Sweet Honey in the Rock, Harry Christophers, and Maria Guinand and developed the Archibald T. Davison Fellowship Program, a community partnership with the Ashmont Boys Choir in inner city Boston. In 2011, he conducted the Boston premiere of John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls with the composer present.
Clark has commissioned numerous composers and conducted important contemporary and rarely heard pieces as well as regular performances of choral-orchestral masterworks. His choirs have been hailed as “first rate” (Boston Globe), “cohesive and exciting” (Opera News), and “beautifully blended” (Providence Journal), achieving performances of “passion, conviction, adrenalin, [and] coherence” (Worcester Telegram). He has collaborated with the National Symphony, the Pittsburgh and New Haven Symphonies, the Boston Pops, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Boston Philharmonic, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Trinity Wall Street Choir, the Washington Chorus, Stephen Sondheim, and Dave Brubeck, among others.
Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Clark was Artistic Director of the Providence Singers, and served as Director of Choral Activities at Tufts University for seven years. He previously held conducting posts with the Worcester Chorus, Opera Boston, and Clark University. Clark currently serves as a founding faculty member of the Notes from the Heart music program near Pittsburgh, a summer camp for children and young adults with disabilities and chronic illness. He earned degrees from Wake Forest, Carnegie Mellon, and Boston Universities, studying with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, and Robert Page. He lives in Medford, MA, with his wife Amy Peters Clark, and their daughter, Amelia Grace.
Joseph Fort is a second-year graduate student at Harvard, working towards a PhD in Music Theory. Committed to the pursuit of performance as well as scholarship, he is delighted to be the Assistant Conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. Since coming to Boston in fall 2009 he has worked as an accompanist or conductor with various choirs in the area, including the HRCM Chamber Singers, the Harvard University Choir and the Tufts Chorale. He also serves as a Resident Tutor in Eliot House.
He holds a BA and MusB from Cambridge University (first-class honours), where he was the Organ Scholar of Emmanuel College, directing the choir there for three years in their twice-weekly chapel services and on tours to Ireland, Italy, Mexico and North America. As an undergraduate he also accompanied and assisted in the direction of the university’s choral society, and conducted all the main student orchestras. Additionally, he studied for a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London. As an organist he has broadcast on American and British radio, and features on various recordings.