Dr. Evan Clark

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Dr. Evan Clark is an award-winning saxophonist who has established himself internationally as a concert artist and educator. He has worked at the University of Illinois as the saxophone teaching assistant and has taught as an instructor for Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) since 2016. Dr. Clark received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance and literature with a minor in musicology in 2019 from the University of Illinois where he studied with Debra Richtmeyer. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree in saxophone performance from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Dr. Clifford Leaman as a recipient of the Theodore Presser Scholar Award and graduated Magna Cum Laude.


Gaining regional and international acclaim through performance competitions, he has received prizes from the MTNA Chamber Music Competition (2018), the 5th Jean Marie Londeix International Saxophone Competition (2017), the International Saxophone Symposium and Competition (2014), the University of South Carolina Concerto Competition (2014), the Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition (2014/2013), the LaGrange Symphony Young Artist Competition (2011), the MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition (2011), and the National YoungArts Foundation (2011).


Dr. Clark’s performances and research projects have taken him throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared with the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra in Charleston, SC as well as attended the American Saxophone Academy and Brevard Music Center. As a member of the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble, he performed in China at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing and the Shanghai City Theatre in Shanghai. Additionally, he can be heard as principal saxophonist with the University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble on the CD Bernstein: Transcriptions for Wind Band released by NAXOS. As a Magellan Scholar, he studied in Bordeaux and Paris, France with saxophonists Marie-Bernadette Charrier, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, and Jean-Marie Londeix as well as with composer Christian Lauba. As a proponent of new music, Dr. Clark has been a part of numerous commissions and premieres by living composers such as Dongryul Lee, Dorothy Chang, and Michael Nyman.


Aiming to highlight marginalized themes and underrepresented composers in the saxophone repertoire, Dr. Clark’s performances and research interests include gender and sexuality in music as well as music surrounding the Weimar Republic. His doctoral thesis “Shrieks, Screams, and Sighs: Constructions of Gender and Sexuality in William Bolcom’s Lilith” incorporates feminist analysis and historical musicology to outline the devices used to demonize the female voice. As a Kate Neal Kinley Fellow, Dr. Clark’s current research project involves archival work and performance studies in Berlin, Germany centering around saxophone pioneer and composer Gustav Bumcke.