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Erik Clayton received his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in music from Penn State University. During his time at Penn State, he studied conducting with Dr. Lynn Drafall, Dr. Christopher Kiver and Prof. Gerardo Edelstein. Since 2015, Mr. Clayton has served as Director of Choirs at State College Area High School. Ensembles under Mr. Clayton's direction have been selected to perform at state-level conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Previously, Mr. Clayton held positions at Williamsport Area High School and Central Dauphin High School.  From 2011-2012 he served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra and appeared as a guest conductor with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Clayton is excited to take up the baton as the Artistic Director of the State College Choral Society beginning in the 2024-2025 season.  He resides in State College with his wife and four children.
"Few art forms can match the beauty, the sense of community, and the collective joy that comes through singing in a choir. A truly lifelong activity, choirs bring together people across different ages and backgrounds, transcending divides by bringing beauty into the world.  My career has been a joyful endeavor in teaching the great choral music of the past and present to singers of all ages, and I look forward to channeling that passion into directing the Choral Society!" - Erik Clayton
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