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Dr William Clark, Director of Music at The Scots College from September 1977 until July 2011, has been named in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List for his service to music education. Dr Clark was awarded a Medal in the General Division (Order of Australia Medal).

A well-known choral and orchestral conductor who was also the College’s Art Collector, Dr Clark was Director of Music for nearly 34 years and Boarding Housemaster for 23 years. He studied singing, piano and organ in Australia, and conducting and improvisation in the United Kingdom. The Double Bay resident is a former President of the Music Teachers’ Association of New South Wales and of the Heads of Music Association of Independent Schools.

He is currently Organist and Director of Music at St Mark’s Church at Darling Point, a position he has held since 1993, and a casual music teacher in schools specialising in Performance Assessment for senior music students.

During Dr Clark’s time at Scots he established a thriving music school with state-of-the-art facilities. He was present during the construction of Centenary Building, used today for music education. He led the College Orchestra which thrived under his leadership. Today, around 600 boys across the College elect to participate in music learning activities over and above their mandatory curricular music classes. Dr Clark helped establish The Scots College Music Department as a world leader in the delivery of music education to boys.

Photo Caption: Dr William Clark conducting the College Orchestra at Speech Day in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.