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Clark Wilson

About this Artist

Clark Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America today. He works exclusively with the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film.

Clark began his scoring career in 1980 and has successfully toured with hundreds of film presentations at schools and universities, concert halls and performing arts centers, theaters, film festivals, and conventions. He is the organist of choice for many of the American Theatre Organ Society’s international convention silent film presentations, has performed at American Guild of Organist and Organ Historical Society conventions, the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, and has scored pictures for Kino International for public DVD release. He currently enjoys creating scores for, and working with, Suzanne Lloyd on the presentation of classic Harold Lloyd comedies. His work has encompassed North America, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Wilson has been organ conservator and Resident Organist at the Ohio Theatre for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts since 1992 and has additionally given performances at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the premiere of the restored classic Wings, in honor of Paramount Pictures’ 100th anniversary), Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, UCLA’s Royce Hall, and the Packard Foundation’s Stanford Theatre. Film festival engagements have included Toronto, Cinequest, San Francisco, and the Los Angeles Conservancy. He has presented the annual Halloween Night film at Walt Disney Concert Hall for 15 years. This past summer, Wilson had the honor of scoring the pictures at The Riverside Church in New York City, and at the San Diego International Pipe Organ Festival.

Academic credits include introducing silent film scoring at Indiana University’s organ department and being named adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma, teaching courses in silent-picture scoring and the history of the American theatre organ, the first such accredited classes offered in the United States since 1929. He has lectured and written numerous articles for pipe-organ journals.

Wilson was presented with the American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year award in 1998. A successful organ technician, tonal finisher, and consultant, he runs his own organ shop and has been professionally involved with over 200 pipe organ installations to date. Most recently, he headed a project to save and transplant a late Aeolian-Skinner instrument from the Ohio State University. He has also earned the ATOS Technician of Merit award, the first of only two persons to ever receive both ATOS distinctions.