Musical America’s Sedgwick Clark retires; Clive Paget is directory’s new editor

Posted on: October 15, 2020

“Sedgwick Clark, longtime features editor of the Musical America International Directory of the Performing Arts, has retired after nearly 30 years in the job,” writes Nicholas Beard in Tuesday’s (10/13) Musical America (subscription required). “He will stay involved in an ‘emeritus’ capacity. Susan Elliott remains editor of [the website] Musical America.… Succeeding Clark is Clive Paget, who has been a contributor to Musical America since 2018 and is the former editor of the Australian publication Limelight. Paget … remains Limelight’s editor at large.” Paget also writes for Symphony magazine. “As the lead arbiter in choosing the annual Directory’s honorees, … Clark has [selected] Anna Netrebko Musician of the Year in 2008, before she was the Met Opera’s favorite soprano; Simon Rattle in 2002 just as he became the Berlin Philharmonic’s primary driver into the 21st century; Yannick Nézet-Séguin in 2016, two years before the Met [Opera] came calling…. Musical America publisher Stephanie Challener … indicated that more changes are afoot. ‘The year 2020 has been an extraordinary time of upheaval and seismic change for the arts…. It has provided an opportunity for us to reflect on how we recognize those who continue to make outstanding contributions to our industry.’ Details as to the changes are to be announced.”