Andrew Clark, Director of Choral Activities
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.
Beth Willer, Resident Conductor
Recognized for her work with women’s voices, Beth Willer was Assistant Conductor of the Radcliffe Choral Society from 2008-2012, and has served as the choir’s Resident Conductor since 2012. As Founder and Artistic Director of Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble, she has collaborated with numerous composers from the U.S. and abroad since the launch of her Boston career. Committed to the expansion of repertoire for women’s voices, ensembles under Ms. Willer’s direction have delivered numerous World, U.S. and regional premières, while working to expose lesser-known works from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Additionally, Ms. Willer serves as conductor of the Women’s Chorus at The Boston Conservatory.
A candidate for the D.M.A. in conducting at Boston University, Ms. Willer holds degrees from Boston University (M.M.) and Luther College (B.A.). Ms. Willer has studied with Ann Howard Jones, David Hoose, Bruce Hangen, and Weston Noble. During the summer of 2007 she studied conducting with Mark Shapiro of Mannes, and counterpoint with Phillip Lasser of Juilliard at the European American Music Alliance in Paris, France. As a member of the Boston music scene, Ms. Willer has served as conductor of the New England Conservatory Youth Chorale and Youth Camerata, the Walnut Hill School Chorus, and as conductor and vocal music staff at the Boston Arts Academy. Additionally, Ms. Willer has conducted the Boston University Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale, and has served as a teaching fellow with the Boston Children’s Chorus. An active church musician, Ms. Willer directed choirs at First Church in Wenham, Massachusetts from 2006-2008 and has sung with choirs at Boston’s Church of the Advent and Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. Previous to her career in Boston, Ms. Willer served as a conductor of the Memorial High School Choirs and the Chippewa Valley Youth Choirs in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.