Music Director

Patrick Clark, Conductor

Patrick David Clark was born in St. Louis, MO, and is a composer and conductor, currently adjunct professor of music theory and composition at the University of Missouri. Patrick is conductor and musical director of the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra and frequent guest conductor for the Columbia Civic Orchestra and Mizzou New Music Ensemble, and was musical director for The Little Theater’s production of Bye Bye Birdie, Rent, The Odd Couple, and Peter Pan.


Most recently Patrick has been commissioned to write an orchestral work, FE700°C, for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in celebration of their 20th anniversary, and Snow Coming for St. Louis Symphony pianist Peter Henderson, performed as part of the Sheldon Concert Hall’s 100th anniversary, and a chamber work for The Odyssey Chamber Concerts Series in Columbia, MO. Orchestral works by Patrick have been programmed by the Seattle Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Spokane Symphony, and the Nederlands Ballet Orkest. Chamber works by Patrick have been performed and recorded in The Netherlands and Israel. Dr. Clark has worked with American Voices as Composition faculty on several trips to both Kurdistan and Thailand.


Patrick holds his Bachelor’s degree in composition from MU where he studied with Thomas McKenney and John Cheetham. Patrick earned his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona, studying with Dan Asia, and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University, studying with Arthur Gottschalk, Paul Cooper and Ellsworth Milburn.


Patrick is a Tanglewood Fellow (1997), participated as a composer at June in Buffalo and studied with Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague in Holland on a Netherlands-America Foundation Grant (Fulbright). Patrick was one of eight composers selected to write a work for Alarm Will Sound, performed in July of 2011 as part of the Mizzou International Composers Festival. The resulting composition, Ptolemy’s Carousel, and many other works by the composer can be heard on SoundCloud.