Andrew Clark, Conductor
Andrew Clark is the Director of Choral Activities and Senior Lecturer on Music at Harvard University. He serves as the Music Director and Conductor of the Harvard–Radcliffe Collegium Musicum, Harvard Glee Club, the Radcliffe Choral Society, and the Harvard Summer Chorus and teaches courses in conducting, choral literature, and music and disability studies in the Department of Music. Since arriving at Harvard in 2010, Dr. Clark has conducted the Harvard Glee Club in performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center and helped develop the Archibald T. Davison Fellowship Program, a community partnership with the Ashmont Boys Choir in Dorchester, MA. Under his direction, the Radcliffe Choral Society won the Grand Prize and two gold prizes at the International Competition for Chamber Choirs at Petrinja, Croatia in 2012. His performances with the Collegium Musicum of Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers received critical acclaim, as did their recent debut with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project performing Arvo Pärt’s St. John Passion and Tigran Mansurian’s Requiem in Jordan Hall. Clark has organized Harvard residencies with distinguished conductors, composers, and ensembles, including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Harry Christophers, and Maria Guinand. He 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 daughters, Amelia Grace and Eliza Jane.
Kira Winter, Resident Conductor
Kira Winter is an active conductor, vocalist, organist and music educator. She has served as Resident Conductor for the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum since the Fall of 2015. Alongside her work with Collegium, Winter serves as Music Director and Organist at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Arlington, MA. As a vocalist, Winter has sung with the Boston New Music Initiative, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Lorelei Ensemble, and is a former soprano choral scholar at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel. Winter is a two-year recipient of the Sontag Prize for Urban Education for her work in developing a new music program at the Health and Human Services High School in Lawrence, MA.
Prior to beginning work at Harvard, she was Assistant Conductor for the Boston Choral Ensemble. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from St. Olaf College where she studied conducting with Anton Armstrong and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University where she studied with Ann Howard Jones.