Clara Yang is a young conductor who believes passionately in the power of music as a vehicle for social justice. She holds a double degree (Music, with an emphasis in flute performance, and Biology) from Duke University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 2011. At Duke, she was the music director and conductor for the Duke Chamber Players, an ensemble dedicated to bringing Classical music to both the Duke and Durham communities. She won the Benenson Award for the Arts, allowing her to continue her conducting studies in New York City and work with flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson. She is concluding her second year as a Teach for America corps member in Red Hook, Brooklyn.