The Clarion Orchestra is one of the oldest and most highly regarded period instrument orchestras in the United States. Revived in 2006 by Steven Fox, the orchestra has since risen to prominence as a fresh and innovative force on the international period performance scene.
The ensemble comprises many of the finest period instrument performers in the country who are renowned also as chamber music and solo performers. Many of The Clarion Orchestra's members serve on distinguished faculties, such as The Juilliard School, Mannes School of Music, Bard College, and SUNY Purchase, among others. The orchestra has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, The Morgan Library, and at Bargemusic, in repertoire that has ranged from the early Baroque to the early Romantic. The ensemble has received critical acclaim, being called ‘stellar’ and ‘polished’ by The New York Times, and ‘legendary’ by The New Yorker. In 2009, the Clarion Orchestra was featured in Brooklyn Academy of Music's critically acclaimed production of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, staged by Jonathan Miller. For the second year in a row, The Clarion Orchestra has been named an NEA ArtWorks recipient.
Established in 2006 to complement the Clarion Orchestra in vocal-orchestral works, The Clarion Choir has since expanded its repertoire far beyond the Baroque and Classical periods and has emerged as one of the country’s preeminent vocal ensembles, demonstrating extraordinary versatility as it performs music from the 16th century to today.
With members equally at home on the solo stage and in ensemble singing, The Clarion Choir has received widespread critical acclaim, and was invited to partake in the Lincoln Center White Light Festival as part of the inaugural concert of the new organ of Alice Tully Hall. Later in the same year, the choir was invited to join the Juilliard ensemble Axiom for a performance of Morton Feldman's Rothko Chapel at the Tully Scope Festival, which was praised as a ‘pensive and mystical performance’ by The New York Times. The ensemble has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Miller Theatre at Columbia University, The Morgan Library, the Quebec International Festival of Sacred Music, The Twelfth Night Festival, and at Bargemusic with The Knights chamber orchestra.
Conductor Steven Fox is Artistic Director of New York’s renowned Clarion Orchestra and Clarion Choir, and Founder of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg, which he established as Russia’s first period-instrument orchestra at the age of 21. In the last two years he has been engaged as a guest conductor with the leading Baroque orchestras in the United States, including the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, and Juilliard415 at Lincoln Center. From 2008 to 2013 he was an Associate Conductor at New York City Opera, and he has served as Assistant Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and Juilliard Opera.
Recognized as a leader in his generation of conductors, Steven has been called 'an esteemed director' by The New Yorker, 'visionary' by BBC Music Magazine, and ‘a conductor to watch’ by Seen and Heard International. Of a recent performance with The Clarion Choir, The New York Times praised his ‘deft guidance’ and wrote: ‘An inspired interpretation. Mr. Fox revealed the drama of the score with vivid dynamic shadings. Intonation and pacing were exemplary throughout the performance.’
Steven is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Royal Academy of Music, London, where he was named an Associate ‘for great achievement in his field’ in 2010. He has given master classes and clinics at Dartmouth College, The Juilliard School, and Yale University. Steven is Lecturer in Music at the State University of New York, Purchase Conservatory, and a preparatory conductor of the Schola Cantorum at Yale.