With the Baltimore Choral Arts Society’s longtime musical director set to retire at the end of June, the organization has picked a prodigious replacement with experience leading vocal ensembles across the United States and Europe.
The society today announced Anthony Blake Clark will become its musical director on July 1. Clark recently served as assistant chorus master for the Berlin Philharmonic’s performance of Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex,” and also conducted the London Classical Soloists and various other groups overseas.
“I am overjoyed to be the next Music Director of Baltimore Choral Arts and I cannot wait to start this important work with this excellent chorus,” Clark said in a statement.
Presently, he holds director positions with four ensembles in the D.C. area, southern Maryland and Richmond. He’s also set to conduct Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” for the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia this June, and will occupy a residency in August in Worcestershire, England, conducting and coaching beginning conductors, singers and composers.
Clark is the third-ever music director for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. He’ll replace Maestro Tom Hall, who’s led the society for 35 years now and added more than 200 works to its catalog in the process. During his tenure, Hall was also president of Chorus America, served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and was director of choral activities for Goucher College for 31 years, among other accomplishments.
Hall’s final performance is tomorrow night — a sold-out concert featuring Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Aaron Copland’s Walls of Zion and Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on this Shining Night, among other works. It’s set for 8 p.m. at Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College in Towson.
“I am looking forward to continuing the legacy that Maestro Tom Hall has established,” said Clark in his statement, adding that he’s “honored to take on the sobering charge to continue building the reputation that Baltimore Choral Arts enjoys.”