The Clark College Orchestra performs their Fall Concert of the 2022-2023 season under the baton of Music Director/Conductor Dr. Donald Appert. The program includes Coleridge-Taylor’s Othello Suite, Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, and Brahms’ Symphony 3.
Donald Lawrence Appert has appeared as a guest conductor in Japan, Australia, Central America, and throughout Europe. In the United States, he has appeared as a guest conductor of the Vancouver (Washington) Symphony, the University of Texas – Arlington Symphony Orchestra, the Eastern Washington University Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Central Arkansas Symphony.
The 2022 – 2023 school year is Dr. Appert's 33rd at Clark College, where he is a Full Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department, in addition to being the Music Director and Conductor of the Clark College Orchestra. Dr. Appert is celebrating his 21st season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Oregon Sinfonietta, and his 12th season as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Jewish Community Orchestra.
As one of only five musicians chosen, Dr. Appert received the 2015 Honored Artists of The American Prize, the Honored Artists being "...individuals who have proven themselves to be musicians of "sustained excellence" over a number of seasons as contestants in the competitions." Dr. Appert again won The American Prize in Orchestral Programming in 2020 for his work with both the Clark College Orchestra and Jewish Community Orchestra. The Clark College Orchestra placed as a Semi-Finalist in the 2020 – 2021 Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for Performance in American Music. Other notable awards include the Oregon Sinfonietta and Clark College Orchestra placing in 2018 – 2019 as Finalists in Orchestral Performance, with Clark College also receiving Finalist Honorable Mention in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for their performance of Dr. Appert's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra. (For the opening concert of the Oregon Sinfonietta's 50th season in 2022 – 2023, Dr. Appert's cello concerto was performed by Diane Chaplin on November 6, 2022.) In 2017 – 2018, the Oregon Sinfonietta also received this award as a Finalist Honorable Mention for their performance of Dr. Appert's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, with world-renowned violist Brett Deubner as soloist. He will return to perform this work in March of 2023 with the Clark College Orchestra.
Dr. Appert received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Trombone from the New England Conservatory of Music, and he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Kansas. Dr. Appert has studied conducting with Riccardo Muti, Otto Werner Mueller, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Fredrik Fennel, George Lawner, and Richard Pittman.