Benjamin Clark

Benjamin ClarkClassical pianist, organist, and harpsichordist Benjamin Clark began studying and performing the keyboard repertoire at the age of four. Through middle and high school in suburban Denver, he consistently received top marks in the National Federation of Music Clubs’ Local Festivals and brought home five 1st-place trophies in the NFMC Colorado State Festivals from 2003-07. In spring 2005, Mr. Clark was the 1st-place prizewinner at both the Longmont, CO Kiwanis Club’s annual “Stars of Tomorrow” competition and the Longmont Wednesday Music Club’s annual scholarship competition with his “blazing” performances of Mendelssohn’s 1st Piano Concerto, as described by the Longmont, CO Daily Times-Call newspaper.
He also won four repertoire medals from the National Piano Guild. His piano instructors prior to college were Roger Wagner, Tim Ridenour, Dr. Christine Armstrong, and Cynthia Lee Fox. Mr. Clark graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, where he studied with Dr. Derek Polischuk and Prof. Deborah Moriarty. Over the course of his undergraduate degree, Mr. Clark performed two full-length solo recitals in addition to numerous studio classes and other outside appearances. Mr. Clark completed a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014, studying under Dr. Caleb Harris and Prof. Vergie Amendola on piano, and Debra Throgmorton on harpsichord. During his time at UNC, he was the principal coach and répétiteur for several main-stage operas and opera scenes productions. Additionally, he was involved in choral accompaniment, instrumental chamber music, and private coaching. He performed several recitals of chamber music and art song.
In summer 2013 Mr. Clark performed in Syros, Greece as part of the International Festival of the Aegean, and from 2012-2014 he was the music director and principal coach for the Longmont, CO-based Flatirons Opera Company. From Fall 2014 to Spring 2016 Mr. Clark was employed as Visiting Instructor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Oklahoma Panhandle State University in Goodwell, OK. There he taught individual applied piano and class piano, as well as aural skills and pedagogy, while performing as the staff collaborative pianist for all recitals and ensembles. During that time he was the organist at Victory Memorial United Methodist Church in Guymon, OK. Currently Mr. Clark attends Oklahoma City University as a candidate for Master of Music in Organ Performance, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Plamann. He is also employed as the organist at St. Eugene Roman Catholic Church in OKC.

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