On Saturday, September 21, ten young artists competed in our 2019 Fall Youth Concerto Competition. Clark Snavely, an eighth grader from New Berlin, took first place and will perform Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Mvt. I with the Madison Symphony Orchestra during the Fall Youth Concerts on Tuesday, November 12. Congratulations, Clark! Learn more about him below.

Clark Snavely, 8th grade

Clark Snavely, age 13, is a homeschooled 8th grader from New Berlin, WI. He began playing the violin at age five, and has been studying with Pamela Simmons for the past five years.

Clark is in his fourth season with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO), and is currently Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Symphony. He has served as Concertmaster, Associate Concertmaster, and Co-Concertmaster of String Orchestra-West, Sinfonia, and Philharmonia respectively. He is a member of the MYSO Chamber Orchestra, and has participated in the Davidson Chamber Music Program.

In 2018 Clark won the MYSO Sinfonia Concerto Competition, and was also named a winner of the Wisconsin Philharmonic Shining Stars Competition. Additionally, Clark earned an Exemplary State Soloist Award from the Wisconsin School Music Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival.

In addition to the violin, Clark is active in scouting and is the official bugler for his Boy Scout troop. He enjoys exploring the outdoors with Scouts and with his family.

About the Fall Youth Concerts

The MSO’s Fall Youth Concerts reach nearly 5,000 students each year. These concerts enrich, engage, and inspire through themed, multi-dimensional performances that include coordinating visual images, introductions to the compositions, and inspiring performances by the students’ peers. This years’ concerts feature Kyle Knox as conductor and Dr. Linda Vakunta as narrator. Click here to learn more.