about the author

Equally comfortable in the realms of scholarship, music, pedagogy, design, and arts management, Clare Louise Harmon has already proven herself to be a multifaceted talent.

Quickly establishing herself as a scholar, she presented her paper “Rebellion & Reclamation: Reformulating Eighteenth Century Music for Twenty First Century Bodies” at Performa ‘11 in Aveiro, Portugal. In November of 2011, she was invited to present related research entitled, "Constructing/Deconstructing the Ideal Body: Resisting Exclusivity in Eighteenth Century Music" at the New Zealand Musicological Society in Wellington.

Clare is also artistic director of Chamber Music Midwest, a music festival she founded in 2008. Most recently, the festival hosted internationally acclaimed composer Sidney Corbett, violin soloist Sarah Plum and conductor Akira Mori in the American premiere of Corbett’s Yael.

As a violist, Clare has performed in the Banff Centre's Master Classes and Le Domaine Forget. Locally, she has performed with the Lansing, West Michigan, and Des Moines Symphony Orchestras. In August of 2011, she assumed a position as adjunct instructor of viola, violin and chamber music at Drake University.

Clare Louise Harmon received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Minnesota and later pursued graduate studies in Viola Performance at Michigan State University. Her mentors and teachers have included Tom Turner, Annalee Wolf, Ken Freed, Yuri Gandelsman and Dr. Marcie Ray.