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Philip Clark, Trumpet

In addition to serving as associate principal trumpet, Clark is a member of the KC Brassworks. He has been a member of the Toledo Symphony, Utah Festival Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival and the Galliard Brass Ensemble. He holds doctorate and bachelor's degrees from the University of Georgia, and he earned his master's degree from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Armando Ghitalla (former principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony), Albert Ligotti (formerly of the New York Philharmonic), and Craig Parker (a Kansas State University faculty member).

Ten questions about me:

What is your earliest musical memory?

Listening to records with my dad

How did you choose your instrument?

I liked the sound of the trumpet in the "big band."

When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?

When I placed first chair in the Georgia All-State orchestra

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

The energy.

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

Too many to name.

Other than your Kansas City Symphony concerts, where else can audiences catch you performing in town?

With the Kansas City Brassworks, KC Chamber Orchestra, Musica Sacra

Which composer would you most like to have dinner with? And what would you serve or where would you eat?


Tell us about your family and your hobbies.

My wife is Deborah Clark, Principal Harpist in the Kansas City Symphony. We have two children, Dawn and Matt. We also have a grandson JT. My hobbies include Kenpo karate where I am 5th degree Black belt.

If you weren't a professional musician, what occupation would you choose?

Marine Biologist

What is your favorite city that you've visited or lived in and why?

Kansas City by far. It is a great place to live and raise a family.