Our Conductor

Patrick Clark, Conductor

Patrick David Clark was born in St. Louis, MO, and is a composer, conductor, and also founder and Artistic Director of the Southside Philharmonic Orchestra. Patrick is conductor and musical director of the Jefferson City Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Director of Music at Central United Church of Christ, frequent guest conductor for the Columbia Civic Orchestra and Mizzou New Music Ensemble, and musical director for many productions by The Little Theater, including Bye Bye BirdieRent, The Odd Couple, and Peter Pan.


As a composer Patrick has been commissioned by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and many American and European chamber ensembles and soloists including his work for piano solo, Snow Coming, for St. Louis Symphony pianist Peter Henderson, 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. Recent performances include a performance by the Roosevelt University Contemporary Music Ensemble of Glancing Blade for chamber orchestra, March 2017. The Dutch new music ensemble, But What About..,(BWA), whose formation has centered on a specific work of Patrick’s, Light Bending Forward, which is based on texts drawn from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, includes this work in their regular performance repertoire. Light Bending Forwardhas been listed in the Italian Journal Modern Accordion PerspectivesCritical Selection of Accordion Works Composed Between 1990 and 2010. Patrick is currently working with the American Composers Alliance in planning a tour for BWA to New York City to perform new works by American composers including new one of his own: Tao de ching.  Dr. Clark has worked with American Voices as Composition faculty on several trips to Kurdistan, Thailand, and Lebanon.


Patrick holds his Bachelor’s degree in composition from the University of Missouri, Columbia, 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.  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 works regularly with the MU composition faculty in the Summer COMP (“Creating Original Music Project”) and the Mizzou International Composers Festival. His own work written for this festival, Ptolemy’s Carousel, and many other works by Patrick can be heard at: