Clara Prinston

Afternoon Concert Host


As a violinist since the age of 5 and the youngest in a musical family, Clara has lived her life surrounded by the arts, and especially classical music. During her time as a UTK student, she served as the co-founder and co-president of the Black Musicians Alliance, bringing awareness to underrepresented composers, performers, and musicians to the UTK School of Music community and the Knoxville community at-large.  

Clara is Haitian-American and considers Knoxville her home. Since moving to the scruffy city, WUOT has been a constant source of news and entertainment for her and her family.   Clara was named Afternoon Concert host in May of 2021. 

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Violinist Tessa Lark returns to the Tennessee Theatre stage to perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in their final Masterworks concert of the 2020-2021 season. The program will feature "Sky," a violin concerto written by American composer Michael Torke for Tessa Lark. The Grammy-nominated piece is an hommage to Lark's home state of Kentucky, featuring bluegrass and folk inspired musical elements. Following the concerto, KSO music director Aram Demirjian will lead the orchestra in a performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 2.

Aram Demirjian and Reverend Renee Kessler join Clara Prinston to discuss the March Moxley Carmichael Masterworks concert. The program will be presented by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Beck Cultural Exchange Center. Works featured will include the KSO debut of composer Carlos Simon, as well as other works by Joseph Haydn, Joseph Boulogne, and Florence Price.

James Fellenbaum discusses the upcoming Black History Month Celebration concert, to be presented virtually by the UT symphony orchestra. The concert is an installment of the UT School of Music’s virtual concert series.



The contemporary music duo "Two Way Street" had their humble beginnings here in Knoxville, TN. Clara Prinston sat down with the cello-percussion duo to discuss making music in Knoxville and their future projects.

Clara Prinston caught up with Nick Bruce, a founding member of Knoxville's new percussion quartet, Cue Percussion, to discuss making music during a pandemic. 





Clara Prinston speaks with NYC-based composer and bassoonist Clifton Joey Guidry III, whose first EP, Darkness is a Myth, is being released this week. 

Clara Prinston speaks with cellist Gabriel Cabezas and violinist Rob Moose, members of indie-classical  chamber ensemble yMusic.  Their latest release is Estatic Science.