Associate Principal Cello
Hometown: Charlottesville, VA Member: 2017
What do you want patrons of the Symphony to know about you?
I love being a member of the Jacksonville Symphony. I am privileged to share the stage with such wonderful people and musicians.
Do you have any pre-concert rituals or routines?
I stretch and focus on my breathing a lot.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional musician?
Something with animals in nature.
What teacher, mentor or other influencer inspired you the most?
I’ve been so lucky to have amazing and inspiring teachers: Evelyn Elsing, Natasha Brofsky, Peter Wiley, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mork, William Pleeth, and Jacqueline DuPre, among others. Amazing string quartets also influenced me heavily – including Belcea Quartet, Takacs Quartet, Alban Berg Quartett, St. Lawrence String Quartet, and Guarneri Quartet.
What do you do in your spare time?
I hang out with my awesome husband Sean and our two fur babies. I am a film buff, I love to read, and spending time in nature.
What has been your favorite moment on stage?
So many. Anytime I feel a connection between the musicians and the audience, that’s the moment I seek and cherish.
Do you have any pets?
I have two fur babies. Sita is our 13-year-old Maine coon cat and Rory (short for Aurora) is our 2-year-old German shepherd/Aussie mix dog. They keep us busy, furry, and happy.
Who is your favorite composer?
This is an impossible question, of course. If I were stranded on a desert island, Beethoven is probably the composer I can’t live without. Other favorites include Benjamin Britten, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kaija Saariaho.
Kacy has collaborated with famed conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen and given several attention-grabbing performances of his newest works for cello. Kacy Clopton has been most active as a chamber musician in her professional life. She was the founding cellist of Excelsa Quartet. Formed in 2009 while studying together at New England Conservatory, they relocated to Switzerland, where they worked closely with the Alban Berg Quartet at the Hochschule Köln in Germany for two years. They went on to win several international prizes in chamber music and relocated to the U.S. in 2013. Excelsa Quartet was in residence at the University of Maryland for the next three years, teaching and concertizing throughout North America and England. When the quartet retired in 2016, Dr. Clopton worked with several prominent orchestras in the DC area, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Concert Artists Baltimore, and Inscape.
Bachelors of Music from University of Maryland, Master of Music and Graduate Diploma from New England Conservatory, Master of Chamber Music from Hochschule Luzern, Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Maryland