Originally from Brockville, Ontario, Ted Clark received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Trumpet Performance from The Ohio State University. In 2016 Ted was awarded a University Fellowship, and was the 2018 recipient of the Symphony Club of Central Ohio Scholarship. Since moving to Ohio, Ted has performed and recorded with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, Cleveland Opera, Erie Philharmonic, and the Columbus, Akron, Chautauqua, Firelands, and Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Charlotte Ballet at the Chautauqua Institute in Western New York. Ted is currently the Instructor of Applied Trumpet at Malone University, an Associated Faculty of Trumpet at The Ohio State University, and holds the position of Second Trumpet with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, and Section Trumpet with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra.
Before moving to Ohio, Ted had an extensive career as a freelance musician in Toronto, Canada. For over a decade, Ted performed regularly with the Hannaford Street Silver Band, the Kitchener-Waterloo, Windsor, Niagara, and Thunder Bay Symphonies, as well as the Hamilton Philharmonic, Orchestra London, Symphony Nova Scotia, Toronto Philharmonia, and the Toronto Sinfonietta. Ted has also performed with the National Ballet of Canada, Opera Hamilton, Opera Kitchener, Tapestry New Opera Works, Theatre Against the Grain, and with the brass section of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. In 2008, Ted was a founding member of the Toronto Brass Quintet, an ensemble he performed with until the summer of 2015. Ted performed with the Pax Christi Chorale for their North American premiere of Judith by C.H. Parry, and has enjoyed many other orchestral/choral performances with the Elmer Iseler Singers, Orpheus Choir, Chorus Niagara, Grand Philharmonic Choir, Bach-Elgar Choir, and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.
Ted was a member of the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra from 2006-2016, performing in a dozen productions with the Festival, including Anne of Green Gables: The Musical, The Full Monty, Disco Cirque, and the world premiere production of Evangeline. When not performing in Charlottetown in the summer, Ted has also appeared with various groups at the Kincardine Summer Music Festival, Elora Festival, Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound), Westben Festival, Music and Beyond (Ottawa), and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. He has appeared as a soloist with The Ohio State University Community Orchestra, Lakewood Hometown Band (Cleveland), the Niagara Symphony, and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada.
Ted has performed with a wide variety of touring groups and shows. Highlights include performing with The Who, Weird Al Yankovic, Hanson, Il Divo, The Nylons, Roger Hodgson, Video Games Live, Cirque de la Symphonie, Final Fantasy, and many others. He played lead trumpet for Daniel Romano's 2016 album, Mosey, and appeared with Rachel Zeffira on CBC's Studio Q. In 2011 Ted performed in the orchestra for the Toronto performances of Swan Lake with the Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov Ballet). Ted has recorded for CBC Radio One and Two, NPR, Naxos, Albany Records, and has performed across Canada, the United States, and China.
A passionate teacher, Ted was the trumpet instructor at Toronto's Royal St. George's College from 2005-2015 and has given masterclasses and guest lectures at universities in Canada and the United States. In 2018 his etude book, 20 Interesting Etudes for the Developing Trumpet Player, was published by qPress Music Publishing.