Clark Matthews, French horn coach for Summer Music Festival

Clark Matthews, French horn coach

Clark Matthews began his musical studies at the age of eight, on piano. At 12 he found his calling in the sound of the French horn. He attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where he earned his high school diploma. Clark is also an alumni of the Curtis Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory where he earned his bachelors degree. He has studied with Jason Snider, and Richard Sebring of the Boston Symphony, Jerome Ashby of the New York Philharmonic, David Jolley, and Karen Robertson. Before arriving in Boston, Clark, performed as a member of the Colorado Symphony. He and his wife, Kay, performed in the Opera Festival of Manaus, at the Teatro Amazonas, in Brazil.

In the Boston area, Clark performs as principal hornist with the Indian Hill Symphony Orchestra, Discovery Ensemble, and the Cape Symphony. He plays regularly as Guest Principal hornist with the Lexington Symphony, and is principal hornist of the Opera North opera orchestra. Clark has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. He is also a member of the Walden Chamber Players. His forays into contemporary music have included performances with the Callithumpian Consort. Experiences with the music of J.S. Bach have included performances with the Marsh Chapel Choir and Collegium and the Bach Cantata series at the Emanuel Church. A firm believer of music in education, Clark participates regularly with the Discovery Ensemble and the Walden Chamber Players in presenting musical outreach to schools in the Boston area and across the country.

Clark joins the 2017 Summer Music Festival faculty as French horn coach.