Instructor Bobby Calebaugh Clark – French Horn & Cornet
Bobby Calebaugh Clark is a University of Illinois graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Music Education and a minor in Language Arts. Bobby, a Fox Valley native, attended West Aurora High School and performed under the direction of many talented local conductors including: Warren Felts, George Piechl, Dick Harrison, Ed Nelson, and Michael Fagan. She continued to perform in many ensembles when at the University of Illinois. Bobby belonged to the Large Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Harry Begian, the Marching Illini Pep Band under the direction of Dr. Gary Smith, several chamber groups, and has performed as a freelance artist.
Bobby has taught French horn and Cornet for over 30 years. She has successfully placed students in the top bands at several local High Schools for many years. Her students consistently receive superior ratings at IMEA district Solo & Ensemble contests. Her philosophy of teaching is to tailor lessons to each individual student. She enjoys watching her students grow and learn. Bobby believes in giving her students a solid foundation, teaching the basics and expanding from there.
Bobby is currently performing with the Fox Valley Concert Band under the direction of Dr. Colin Holman. She has also played principal horn with the Aurora Summer Concert Band (John Heath and Kevin Kaisershot- conductors), performed with several professional woodwind and brass ensembles, judged local Music Festivals, worked in the West Aurora Middle schools as a brass sectional teacher, and as a substitute Music teacher.
Bobby has had the honor of studying privately with Nancy Fako (freelance hornist and author), Dr. Jan Bach (NIU horn instructor and composer), Thomas Holden (U of I horn instructor), and attended master classes with Dale Clevenger (retired CSO principal horn).
Her interests and hobbies include crafting, reading, spending time with her dog Ivy (a Great Pyrenees), and family-time with her two grown children, Steve and Katie.
Bobby Clark & Her Students Perform in the 2014 Winter Recital at Koten Chapel
“My son is learning well and progressing with the help of his horn teacher, Bobby Clark. These lessons give him confidence to do better in middle school band class.” – Venkat D.
“I feel like I am learning because I have improved a lot! I think I should go to one hour lessons!” – Punith D.
“I love lessons! The music is a challenge and it’s really worth it! I absolutely love Bobby because I have learned a lot in the time that I have been here and I have made lots of progress. I look forward to coming every week! The recital was a great experience for me because it was the first time ever doing a solo with an accompanist. I look forward to many more years here. And, I think Bobby is wonderful!” – Christian Q.
“My daughter takes music lessons with Bobby Clark. She is very helpful and it’s obvious that she loves to teach! We really like the teacher and the staff at Musical Expressions. They go the extra mile.” – S.F.
“Bobby is a great horn teacher who has introduced me to a lot of new music and materials that I haven’t experienced before. She has wonderfully improved my skill level, confidence, and performance ability!” – Maria R.