Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra
Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Jack A. Cleghorn received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the College of Charleston. He was awarded his Master of Music with at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, with concentrations in conducting and organ performance.
Currently in his 4th season with the Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra (CSYO), Mr. Cleghorn assumed the role of Music Director and Conductor for in 2013. The CSYO has served as the premiere youth orchestra of the Lowcountry for nearly 45 years. The orchestra, now comprised of over 70 musicians between the 8th and 12th grades, has doubled in size since the arrival of Mr. Cleghorn. Focused on quality music education and repertoire, the CSYO performs such masterworks as Beethoven’s 5th and 7th symphonies, Dvorak’s 8th and 9th, as well as works by Bach, Bizet, Copland, Elgar, Handel, Holst, Humperdinck, Mahler, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, and much more. Under the baton of Mr. Cleghorn, the CSYO has appeared consecutively at the Piccolo Spoleto festival for the past three years. Mr. Cleghorn has continued his studies at the University of Oxford as a Conducting Fellow at the Conducting Institute at Oxford, England. He would later continue his orchestral studies with Markand Thakar and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra at the Peabody Institute of John Hopkins University. In 2009, Mr. Cleghorn made his Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. In 2010, he returned to Carnegie Hall under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
Presently, Mr. Cleghorn also serves as the Director of Liturgical Music at Stella Maris Catholic Church, Sullivan’s Is., South Carolina. There, Mr. Cleghorn conducts and oversees four choirs, change ringers, cantors, and a chamber music concert series.
Mr. Cleghorn is also the founder and artistic director of the Children’s Choir Beach Retreat (CCBR). CCBR is a three-day workshop, with guest clinicians from across the country, focused on the introduction of Sacred Choral Music to children ages 7-18. Now in its successful fifth year, CCBR continues to teach children the importance of their contribution as it pertains to music in worship.
While in Princeton, Mr. Cleghorn served as an artistic staff member of the Princeton Girlchoir, accompanist for the American Boy Choir and Voices Chorale, as well as the interim director of music at Trinity and St. Philip’s Cathedral; the oldest Episcopal Cathedral in the United States.
In addition, Mr. Cleghorn serves as a committee member of the Piccolo Spoleto L’Organo series, the South Carolina American Choral Directors Association state chair of Repertoire and Resources for Music in Worship, and the president of the National Federation of Music Clubs Charleston chapter. Mr. Cleghorn is an active concert and collaborative artist around the Lowcountry working with ensembles such as: the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto, the Orchestra St. Clair’s, the College of Charleston’s Concert and University Choirs, and the St. Luke’s Organ Concert Series. Mr. Cleghorn is also a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and accompanist for many choral and orchestral programs and festivals both in and out of the Carolinas.
Jack A. Cleghorn, Conductor
Click HEREto read Adam Parker's article and interview with Conductor Jack Cleghorn, featured in The Post & Courier!