Dr. Clifton Evans
Assistant Professor, Director of Orchestras, String Area Coordinator, Graduate Advisor, Conducting
Dr. Clifton Evans currently serves as Director of Orchestras, Assistant Professor of Music, Graduate Advisor, and String Area Coordinator at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also Artistic Director of the newly formed Arlington Youth Symphony.
Dr. Evans has enjoyed a conducting career that has taken him to Hong Kong, England, China, Austria, the Czech Republic and throughout the United States. Highly sought after as a clinician and lecturer, Dr. Evans has conducted numerous Region Orchestras and Bands and given multiple lectures on conducting and rehearsal technique. Most recently, he was honored to conduct the Fort Worth Symphony at a concert on their Neighborhood Arts Program and the American Festival of the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in the summer of 2012
. Later this spring, he is guest conducting the Round Rock Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in their search for a Music Director.
Dr. Evans’ work has been widely acclaimed both at home and abroad. At the 11th Annual International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and Competition in Buxton, England, he was awarded Outstanding Music Director for his work with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston. Recent concerts here at home have also been reviewed enthusiastically in the Houston Chronicle. His guest appearance with OrchestraX was hailed as "strong music-making" with "plenty of character" by music critic, Charles Ward. Mr. Ward later wrote that Dr. Evans’ debut as Music Director with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston "exploded with beauty," and added, "the performance was the best musically I've heard from the society." Everett Evans wrote that Dr. Evans’ performance of H.M.S. Pinafore featured a "crisp, vivid orchestral performance: sprightly in the brisk turns, gracefully flowing in the lyrical numbers."
In addition to his duties as a music director and teacher, Dr. Evans maintains an active schedule at summer festivals and conventions. For six years, he conducted the Fargason concerts for the Texas Music Teachers Association, which featured concerto competition winners selected from musicians across the state of Texas. He conducted the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston for five consecutive seasons and has been asked to return in the summer of 2015. He has also performed with the Symphony Orchestra at the UTA Summer Strings Camp as well as the Texas Cello Academy Orchestra. In the summer of 2010, he presented two conducting workshops at the state convention for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association in San Antonio and will be returning for more presentations in the summer of 2013.
Dr. Evans’ previous positions include Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Music Director for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston, Conductor for the Houston Youth Symphony, and Music Director and Conductor of the Houston Civic Symphony. He currently maintains professional memberships in TMEA, TODA, Conductors Guild, the College Music Society, and the League of American Orchestras. He is an honorary member of the Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi chapters at UTA and also serves as the faculty advisor to the newly formed Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia chapter. He resides in Arlington with his wife, Christy, and their four children, Samuel, Luke, Gabriel, and Ava Grace.