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Philip Clark, Trumpet

In addition to being the Associate Principal trumpet, Philip 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 Doctor of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music 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 Faculty member at Kansas State University.

Ten questions about me:

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

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

If I weren't a professional musician, my occupation would be:

Marine Biologist

What is the most challenging work for your instrument?

Too many to name.

What is your favorite thing about performing music?

The energy.

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 a 5th degree Black belt.

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


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 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.

How did you choose your instrument?

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

What is your earliest musical memory?

Listening to records with my dad.