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Ed W. Clark High School Chamber Orchestra

  • The Clark High School Fine Arts Department is the largest enrolled fine arts department in the Clark County School District of Nevada. Our school community believes that the arts are an important component of a complete education. It is the goal of the fine arts department to have every student at Clark High School engage in a fine arts course during their tenure at Clark. The Clark High School Chamber Orchestra is an audition only ensemble with a current enrollment of 26. Rehearsals occur twice a week, after school. It is a student led ensemble, with musical decisions made by vote. The instructors act as coaches not traditional authoritative conductors. This ensemble has never received less than a superior rating at Festivals locally and nationally. They also serve as the community outreach group for the orchestra program, in demand for all manner of community functions. These performances are the primary source of fundraising for the Clark Orchestra program, Clark Orchestra alumni have attended or currently attend such prestigious universities as the Julliard School of Music, the Peabody Conservatory, the Curtis Institute of Music, Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Northwestern, and many more colleges and universities. Clark Orchestra students are valedictorians, salutatorians and club presidents. They are involved in every athletic team and are active with the Clark NJROTC program. The Clark High School Chamber Orchestra is dedicated to performing music at the very highest level emphasizing the importance of commitment and rigor while encouraging humanistic ideals.
  • 12/19/2019 08:30 AM - 09:30 AM
  • Ed W. Clark High School Chamber Orchestra
  • Chuck Cushinery and Eric Maine
  • Dr. Chuck Cushinery made his living playing violin in the Midwest until 1997, when he became the orchestra director at Clark High School in Las Vegas, NV. The program had 39 young musicians then and now the enrollment is over 400. Chuck founded the Clark guitar, piano and electronic music programs. In addition to his duties at Clark High School, he is orchestra director at the College of Southern Nevada and the Nevada School of the Arts. Chuck has served as president of Nevada Chapter of the American String Teachers Association twice, president of Nevada Music Educators Association, chairperson of local and state honors groups, has been on the staff of the National High School Honors Orchestra and has/is a member of numerous committees. He is a three time top ten finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the year award. In 2015, the Clark Chamber Orchestra won the Grand National Orchestra Championship at the American String Teachers Association Conference in Salt Lake City. The Clark Orchestra program performed at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in December of 2016. In 2017, Chuck became an Education Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Corporation and began presenting clinics and conducting honors ensembles around the country.