CLARK CHAFFEE: CONDUCTOR, EDUCATOR, AND LEADER

Stevenson Tour Orchestra rehearses in Teatro Comunale, Casalmaggiore Italy 2008

Stevenson Tour Orchestra rehearses in Teatro Comunale, Casalmaggiore Italy 2008

CONDUCTING EXPERIENCE

  • Music Director / Conductor of the West Valley Wind Ensemble & the Surprise Pops Band (Arizona), 2015 - present

  • Conductor of the Illinois Music Educators Association District 4 and District 5 Regional Orchestras, 2013

  • Conductor of the Illinois All State Combined Orchestra, Band, and Choir performances, 2012 & 2013

  • Conductor and Music Director of the Carthage College Chamber Orchestra (Wisconsin), 2012-2013

  • Conductor and Music Director of the Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra (Illinois), 2012-2013

  • Director of Orchestras, Chamber Music, and Guitar; Founder and Music Director of the Summer Youth Orchestra Program and PREP Youth Chamber Strings - Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Illinois), 1997 through retirement in 2012

  • Conductor and Music Director for "La Boheme" and "Madama Butterfly" at the Hinsdale Opera Theater (Illinois), and for over 30 musical theater productions at the high school and community levels throughout the Chicagoland area, including "West Side Story" and "Sweeney Todd"

  • String Orchestra Conductor & Music Director at the Music Institute of Chicago, 2004 - 2008 (a youth ensemble)

  • Guest Conductor, Clinician, and Adjucator for ISYM (Illinois Summer Youth Music Camps at U of I), Midwest Young Artists (Illinois), Schaumburg Youth Orchestras (Illinois), and various other festivals and contests

  • Founder and Conductor of the Elgin Community College Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Ensemble

  • Conductor of the Illinois Music Educators Association District 3 Junior High String Orchestra

  • Conductor and Director of Instrumental Music at the Custer Road United Methodist Church (Texas)

 

EDUCATING EXPERIENCE

  • Director of Orchestras, Chamber Music, and Guitar at Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire, IL), 1997 through retirement in 2012

  • Founder and music director of the A. E. Stevenson High School Summer Youth Orchestra Camps & PREP Youth Chamber Music Program, 1997 - 2012

  • Member of the National Guitar Teachers Task Force faculty team, 2005 - 2007

  • Adjunct faculty for the instrumental music department at Elgin Community College and McHenry College, 1979 - 1993

  • Orchestra & band instructor for grades 6-8, School District 54 in Schaumburg (Illinois), 1995 - 1997

  • Orchestra instructor for grades 6-10 in the Plano (Texas) Independent School District, 1993 - 1995

  • Orchestra instructor for grades 5-12 in Illinois District 300 (Carpentersville, Algonquin, Dundee), 1979 - 1993

  • Band instructor, percussion specialist, and percussion ensemble director for grades 5-12 at the Hinsdale (Illinois) Junior High and Hinsdale High School, 1974 - 1977

  • Guest Lecturer on the topics of Rhythm Literacy Training, Large Ensemble Curriculum Development, Guitar Curriculum, Beginning Improvisation, String Instrument Pedagogy, and related topics at Northwestern, Illinois Wesleyan, and Bradley Universities; Elmhurst College; the University of Illinois; and other higher education institutions

 

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

  • Music Director / Conductor of adult community bands in AZ 2014-present

  • Vice President in charge of the Orchestra Division - Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA)

  • Director of Orchestras, Chamber Music, and Guitar - Adlai E. Stevenson High School

  • IMEA District VII Orchestra Chair

  • IMEA All State Percussion Coordinator

  • Conductor of the Carthage College Orchestra, Kenosha, WI

  • Conductor of the Schaumburg Youth Concert Orchestra, Schaumburg, IL

  • Leader, drummer and vocalist in numerous professional jazz ensembles (over 45 years of experience)

  • Maestro for two operas at the Hinsdale Opera Theater and 30+ high school and professional musical theater productions, college and youth orchestras, and regional special orchestras