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Christopher Clark
Instructor of Music Theory and Saxophone
Director of the WVSU Jazz Ensemble
302 Davis Fine Arts Building
(304) 766-3199
clarkcm@wvstateu.edu
Office Hours:
Tuesday/Thursday - 1:00-2:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Christopher Clark is a mutli-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and educator.  Born and raised in Charleston, WV, Chris developed an almost obsessive interest in music from a very early age.  He began playing alto saxophone at the age of twelve and switched to tenor at thirteen.  He began studying music formally at West Virginia State College, where his saxophone teacher introduced him to the music of Lester Young, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter.  Chris quickly immersed himself in jazz and transferred to Marshall University. Upon graduating with a B.F.A. in Jazz Studies, Chris relocated to Louisville, KY in order to explore his work ethic and the city’s thriving local music scene.  After a year of living there, Chris was awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship with the University of Louisville where he studied both Jazz Performance and Jazz Composition and Arranging. 

Chris has studied privately with Gary Stringer (2002-2003), Dr. Chris Mickel (2003-2006), Dr. W. Edwin Bingham (2006-2009), Dr. Sean Parsons (2006-2009), Michael Tracy (2010-2012), John La Barbera (2010-2012), and Chris Fitzgerald (2011-2012).  He has also had the opportunity to learn from musicians including Jamey Aebersold, Eric Alexander, Jerry Coker, Antonio Hart, Jim Snidero, Erika von Kleist, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Jack Wilkins, Eddie Gomez, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Sharel Cassidy, and Renato Vasconcellos.
 
Chris has been fortunate enough to share the stage with many great musicians including Joe La Barbera, Pat La Barbera, Lou Donaldson, Eddie Gomez, Antonio Hart, Jeff Hamilton, Clay Jenkins, Eugene “Snooky” Young, Houston Person, Valery Ponomarev, Renato Vasconcellos, Jamey Aebersold, Dave Dickey, Sherrie Maricle, Lou Fisher, Michael Tracy, Reggie Watkins, Chris Vidala, and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra.  He also played several sets on the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the 2009 Jazz-a-Juan Festival in France.
 
After graduating with his M.M. from the University of Louisville, Chris moved back to the Charleston area where he currently teaches saxophone, music theory, and other courses in music at West Virginia State University in addition to directing its jazz ensemble.  He has also taught at Marshall University and the University of Louisville.  Chris continues to remain active as both a composer and performer with musicians in West Virginia and the surrounding region. He is a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) as both a composer and publisher, the Jazz Education Network, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. In addition to teaching at WVSU and performing, Chris also serves on the Education Committee for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and as Co-chair of Region III for West Virginia Solo & Ensemble.
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