SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – The Sarasota Orchestra has announced that the violist Michael McClelland died suddenly at his home on Saturday, July 17, at the age of 62.
McClelland was a familiar face to patrons and joined the orchestra’s viola section in 2004. He was an accomplished musician and most recently served as Chairman of the Orchestra Committee. His fellow artists say he was known for his wit, compassion, intelligence, and impact on the classical music community locally, nationally and internationally.
Joseph McKenna, President and CEO of Sarasota Orchestra, said: “The unexpected passing of Michael McClelland has come as a shock to the entire musical family, staff, board, faculty and patrons of the Orchestra. Michael was a superb musician, a great leader and a great friend and colleague to all of us. We are deeply saddened by his loss. “
Prior to joining the Sarasota Orchestra, McClelland held positions as an assistant professor of music at the University of Illinois and a teaching artist at the Harid Conservatory. Other highlights of his career include engagements with the York Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia da Camera and the Florida Philharmonic.
“Michael has blessed us with his many gifts,” McKenna said. “His contributions to the Sarasota Orchestra over the past 17 years are immeasurable and he will be sorely missed.”
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