|Principal horn of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, he is a versatile musician in many
areas. He was born at Chattanooga, Tennesee, and began studying the horn at 13. His teacher were F. Standley
(Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra) and J. Singer (New York Philharmonic), and later A. Jacobs and A.
Before joining the Chicago Symphony, Mr. Clevenger was a member of Leopold Stokowski's American Symphony Orchestra and of the Symphony of the Air, directed by Alfred Wallenstein, and was principal horn with the Kansas City Philharmonic. He has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide and in many music festivals in the U.S., Japan and Europe.
For a long time, Dale Clevenger has been a teacher at the European Community Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado. He has played recitals and given courses all over the world.
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra he has recorded several pieces, such as Schumann's Konzertstuck for 4 horns conducted by D Barenboim, Britten's Serenata for tenor, horn eand stringsconducted by C.M. Giulini, and Mozart's concerto n.3 conducted by C. Abbado, all published by the Deutsche Grammophon. Together with the brasses of Philadelphia's and Cleveland's Orchestras he recorded G. Gabrieli's Canzoni, which awarded him a Grammy.
He recorded the two horn concertoes by Michael and Joseph Haydn with the Budapest Orchestra, and all of Mozart horn concertos for the Sony Classic label (record of the year).
For the Erato label he recorded the Beethoven and Mozart quintets for piano and winds, together with Barenboim and soloists of the Chicago Symphony and of the Berline Philharmonikerr; this record was awarded a Grammy.
For the Sony Classic he recorded the Brahms Trio, together with Daniel Barenboim and Itzak Pearlman.
Recently he recorded R. Strauss' 1st concerto with the C.S.O. conducted by Barenboim, which awarded him a Grammy.
During 17 years he regularly played with the grup "EARS" jazz of all ears.
During 14 years he was artistic director of the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra.
As a conductor he was invited by many orchestras all over the world: New Japan Philharmonic, Luisiana Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Florida Symphony, Civic Orchestra in Chicago, Aguascaliente Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Santa Cruz Symphony, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra.
He is the honorary conductor of the Italian Brass Ensemble, and teaches at the "Festival Santa Fiora in Musica".
He received a Honorary Degree at the Elmhurst College.