St. James Concert Series


Makena Clark


Makena Clark, is a Tuolumne County raised violinist and has performed in many different places across the globe, including the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, and a tour of Italy with the Suzuki School of Northern California. In March of 2017 she is excited to perform in Germany and Prague with CSULB's Chamber Orchestra.

Makena also enjoys performing locally, and has been the guest artist for the Sonora Bach Festival and a recipient of the St James music scholarship. She has been a guest artist for many concerts at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, and played with the Motherlode Friends of Music Orchestra.

At University of the Pacific, Makena was concertmaster of University Symphony Orchestra, performed with many successful chamber groups and gave two solo recitals of her own. Makena is currently performing with orchestral and chamber ensembles at CSU Long Beach. She also enjoys playing with the Debut Orchestra in Hollywood. Recently, she performed alongside Midori Goto's students in a virtuostic recital series.

Makena is extremely passionate about teaching and advocating for the arts. Throughout undergrad, she was an instructor for Harmony Stockton, an El Sistema inspired music program, and taught a successful elemental strings ensemble. She has also taught at the Santa Monica Conservatory of Music and for Seaside Strings. Additionally, she maintains a private strings studio.

Makena currently studies with Dr. Moni Simeonov at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, where she is working on her MM in violin performance. Ms. Clark completed her BM in violin performance at University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Igor Veligan. Her former teachers have included Dr. Ann Miller, Mr. Brook Moes, Dr. Warren van Bronkorst, and Maestro Eugene Stoia. She has performed in Master classes with Chee-yun Kim, Elena Urioste, Juan Miguel, Rachel Barton Pine, and Linda Wang.

In her free time, Makena loves to backpack, hike, ski and explore the beautiful Sierra Nevada.