Teaching Artist, Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s
New York, New York
Clara is a flutist and conductor who believes passionately in the power of music as a vehicle for social change. She holds a double degree (Biology and Music) 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, and she won the Benenson Award for the Arts, allowing her to continue her conducting studies in New York City with flutist and conductor Ransom Wilson. In New York, she was a Teach for America corps member in Red Hook, Brooklyn and she was the associate conductor for the Manhattan Wind Ensemble.
She is contributing to the El Sistema-inspired field and the larger community arts field in New York City as a teaching artist for the Youth Orchestra of St. Luke’s, directed by Jennifer Kessler ’12, as well as with the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program. In addition, she will continue her active exploration of the intersection between music and medicine, and she will matriculate at Harvard Medical School in 2015. She is currently developing a hybrid model of care, which incorporates a teen clinic and El Sistema-inspired music programming.
Photo: Taylor Damiani