2010-11 to be Andrew Clark’s final season
Andrew Clark, recently appointed director of choral activities at Harvard University, will step down as artistic director of the Providence Singers at the end of the 2010-11 concert season.
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Andrew Clark, artistic director of the Providence Singers since the 2006-07 season, will resign his position at the end of the 2010-11 concert season. Clark, whose appointment as director of choral activities at Harvard University was announced May 10, shared his decision with the Providence Singers membership and Board of Trustees at the organization’s annual meeting June 22, 2010.
“We certainly congratulate Andrew on his extraordinary Harvard appointment,” said Allan Erickson, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We welcomed him as an extremely talented, energetic young artist whose goals overlapped with ours for several years, and we all benefited immensely from that intersection. The Providence Singers has grown musically and organizationally during Andrew’s tenure with us, leaving us well positioned to recruit another stellar artistic director. We look forward to discovering what we can accomplish in our next chapter.”
Clark joined the Providence Singers conducting staff in 2003, was appointed artistic director designate in July 2005, and succeeded Julian Wachner as artistic director for the 2006-07 season.
Under Clark’s leadership, the Providence Singers continued its development as a regionally significant choral organization and undertook several new ventures:
- Commercial recordings. In collaboration with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Singers produced two recordings on the BMOP Music label: Lukas Foss’s The Prairie and Dominick Argento’s Jonah and the Whale. A third work, Lou Harrison’s La Koro Sutro, has been recorded but is not yet released.
- American Masterpieces. With major funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Providence Singers organized a regional choral festival celebrating American Masterpieces. Four choral organizations performed a variety of American music including three world premières.
- Significant collaborations. The Providence Singers’ performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in May 2010 marked its seventh appearance as a guest arts organization of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Other recent collaborators include FirstWorks Providence, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
- Choral education. Clark was the founding music director of the Junior Providence Singers, an auditioned chorus for high-school singers from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Launched in 2004 by the Providence Singers and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, the junior chorus continues its strong growth, drawing ever-larger applicant pools for its annual auditions.
“I am grateful to have been part of Rhode Island’s vibrant arts community for all these years. The Providence Singers is a thrilling ensemble — a devoted, passionate group of kindred spirits who share the great joy of making music,” Clark said. “I look forward to our final season together, and to supporting the Providence Singers during and beyond this transition. My heartfelt thanks to all of our members, Board and staff, faithful audience members, and our organizational partners, including Larry Rachleff and the Rhode Island Philharmonic.”
Clark will begin his duties at Harvard University in July 2010. He will continue to provide artistic leadership to the Providence Singers until his effective resignation date of July 1, 2011.
The Providence Singers Board of Trustees will begin its search for a new artistic director promptly to ensure a smooth transition.