Dr. Clifton Evans
Associate Professor, Director of Orchestras, String Area Coordinator, Graduate Advisor, Conducting
Dr. Clifton Evans currently serves as Director of Orchestras, Associate 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. His upcoming schedule includes a return engagement with the
American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston in the summers of 2014 and 2015 and three Region Orchestra concerts throughout Texas in the 2013-2014 season.
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 across the state of Texas. He also conducted the prestigious American Festival for the Arts Conservatory Orchestra in Houston numerous times and has been asked back for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. In addition, he has performed with the Symphony Orchestra at the UTA Summer Strings Camp as well as the Texas Cello Academy Orchestra. In the summers of 2010 and 2013, he presented conducting workshops and other lectures at the state convention for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association in San Antonio.
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.