The School of Music and Fine Arts
Full Name: Patrick Clifford
Director, Prepartory Department
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; M.M., University of Miami.
A native of Michigan, Mr. Clifford began his violin studies at age six. Many of his
formative years were spent studying at the University of Michigan School of Music
with Robert Culver. His summer studies include Interlochen International Music Camp,
Meadowmount School, and Encore School for Strings. He received his Bachelor of Music
degree in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and his Master
of Music degree in violin performance from the University of Miami. His teachers include
Daniel Majeske, Stephen Majeske, David Cerone, David Updegraff and Glenn Basham .
Clifford was principal second violin in the National Chamber Players, and has performed
with the North Carolina Symphony, the Knoxville Symphony, the Florida Grand Opera
Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. He has performed as a soloist throughout South
and Central America and continues to perform solo and chamber music recitals here
in south Florida. He is currently professor of violin and viola at Palm Beach Atlantic
University, where his position includes being first violinist in Quartetto Stringendo,
the Quartet-in-Residence at the University, the director of the Preparatory Department,
and the concertmaster of the Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony.
As a pedagogue, Mr. Clifford has been teaching privately for 20 years and teaching
full time at the university level since 2000. In 2000 he founded the Stringendo School
For Strings, a school of music that seeks to develop exceptional string players from
ages 3 through 18. Mr. Clifford is the author of the Stringendo School For Strings
Method, a method which emphasizes knowing all aspects of string playing for the purpose
of mastering the chosen instrument. His students are frequent competition winners
and many hold leadership positions in their respective orchestras. Mr. Clifford is
a frequent clinician at conferences, judge for competitions, and is often invited
to give master-classes and string sectionals throughout the state of Florida.
Mr. Clifford was previously the secretary for the Florida chapter of the American
string Teachers Association. In 2003, he initiated and instituted the American String
Teachers Association Certificate Program in the state of Florida. As a born again
believer in the salvation of Jesus as God’s Messiah, it is Mr. Clifford’s strong belief
that God has called each of us in a specific way, to carry out his Great Commission
as His light in this world. He considers it a great privilege and joy to be able do
this through the gift of music.