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Clark Winslow Ross: Biography

Clark Winslow Ross
1957 -
Region: Atlantic

Clark Winslow Ross

Clark Winslow Ross's compositions have been performed in England, Ireland, Israel, the United States, and across Canada by some of Canada's finest musicians, ensembles, and orchestras, including the guitarist Daniel Bolshoy, who has performed Ross's "McGillicuddy's Rant" over 70 times in North America and elsewhere, and who released a CD of the same name in 2008.

Ross was Visiting Composer at Wheaton College, Illinois (2007), Composer-in-Residence at Ireland's Waterford New Music Week (2003), and has won Young Composer's Awards in national competitions by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also received over 20 commission grants from various funding agencies, including the Canada Council, the CBC, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council. Clark is the founder and Artistic Director of the Newfound Music Festival, held every February in St. John's, and was a founding member and later President of Continuum, the Toronto-based new-music group. He serves on the national boards of both the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre.

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Clark was raised there and in Caracas (Venezuela), Lima (Peru), Lennoxville (Quebec), New York City, Fort Lee (New Jersey), Brussels (Belgium), and Toronto, where he attended university and later taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music and McMaster University. Upon receiving a Mus.Doc. (composition) degree from the University of Toronto in 1992, he began working at Memorial University's School of Music, where he started the classical guitar programme and is currently an Associate Professor, teaching composition, orchestration, theory, and electronic music. He was awarded Memorial University's President's Award for Outstanding Research (1999) in recognition of his extensive compositional activities . He is married to Dr. Jennifer Porter (professor of Religious Studies, Memorial University), and has three children (Alexander, (b. 2004), Andrew (b. 2001), and Julia (b. 1990). His interests outside of family and music include baseball, cats, cooking, ethnic food, reading, writing short stories, and invigorating jumping dances.

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