10 Things About Joann Clark & Mainly Mozart


“Never aspire to be something that implies winning people’s approval, simply declare who you are and keep showing up.”
– Brian Rutenberg


Mainly Mozart is home to the Mainly Mozart All-Star Orchestra, the largest gathering of concertmasters and principal players in North America, from the world’s top orchestras including the LA Phil, Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony. Mainly Mozart also offers music education through its 350-student youth orchestra giving students unprecedented access to professional musicians. Joann Clark has been a part of Mainly Mozart since its inception and currently serves as an Executive Committee, Member-at-Large.


#1 I grew up in Lubbock, Texas – home of Texas Tech University and in the top panhandle of the state. I came to San Diego in 1958 with my husband and three children.


#2 Before COVID, my favorite trips were New York in the spring for Broadway, and London in the fall for the good, dramatic plays.


#3 It might surprise some to know that I love physics and electronics as much as I love art and music!


#4 I love all of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s books. I just received his latest. I listen to audio books now more than ever. I was also surprised by how much I enjoyed all of the Sherlock Holmes books.


#5 From the time I could talk, my Mother allowed me to make decisions and she shared her knowledge with me – always assuring me that I could do anything that I put my mind to. Her philosophy regarding children was, they were simply very short adults, and should be treated with attention and respect. I was loved and appreciated.


#6 I think art, music and theater can bring intelligence and joy to our community. In addition to the work I do with Mainly Mozart, I also serve on the San Diego Opera Board and have supported Diversionary Theater for many years. I am thrilled with the new Clark Cabaret!


#7 I enjoyed chamber orchestra and served on the San Diego Chamber Orchestra Board for many years. I was contacted before Mainly Mozart was established, asking for funding for a feasibility study. I was thrilled to help. Nancy Laturno was the glue from the beginning.


#8 Since 1988, Mainly Mozart has brought the San Diego community together to experience the finest in orchestral music, intimate concert experiences and extraordinary music education for young people.


#9 Using the genius of Mozart as inspiration, Mainly Mozart brings together world-class musicians from across North America for both classical and innovative musical programs.


#10 Through our youth orchestra, we are ensuring the preservation and appreciation of classical music by giving young musicians the opportunity to learn and perform together.


Mainly Mozart
“Genius Week”
November 14 – 18, 2023
The Conrad, La Jolla

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Kamran Saeed