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Carlos Clark

​Scholarship Recipient

A man plays a bassoon in the School of Music.

Belleville, Michigan

Music Performance

School of Music

Carlos Clark's musical journey began in 4th grade with a recorder, 5th grade the saxophone, and in 6th grade with the bassoon.  In 6th grade three students were auditioning for the same instrument, Carlos ended up with the bassoon after playing rock paper scissors.

He was offered a full scholarship to play football at CMU in 2015.  He took the scholarship and played for three years as a Chippewa linebacker while majoring in biomedical sciences. After those three years of playing football, his interests changed, and he wanted to pursue another path.  Carlos contacted his old band director from high school Nicholas Taylor who told Carlos that he should audition at the School of Music.

Carlos auditioned for the Bassoon, and MaryBeth Minnis Professor at the CMU School of Music liked what she was hearing. Since that audition, Carlos is now a music performance major working directly with Professor MaryBeth Minnis and Dr. Lindabeth Binkley the oboe professor.

Currently, Carlos is the principal bassoonist in the CMU Symphony Orchestra which is directed by Dr. Jose Maurtua.  Carlos is also the principal bassoonist in the CMU Symphonic Wind Ensemble which is directed by Dr. Chris Chapman.