Clare Glackin started playing piano and composing at the age of eight under the guidance and encouragement of her first teacher, Sherry Dufka. A native of Mount Vernon, Washington, she holds degrees in composition from the University of Southern California, where she was named a Discovery Scholar and Outstanding Graduate of the composition program, and Rice University, where she attended on a Brown Fellowship.
Clare has been a composer fellow at festivals and workshops such as the Aspen Music Festival and Mizzou International Composers Festival. Her orchestra piece Archaea, loosely inspired by Irish folk music, was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, and premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra with Osmo Vänskä conducting.
Clare’s musical interests encompass both classical and jazz, and she can regularly be heard playing jazz piano in the Portland area. When not playing or teaching, Clare enjoys exploring Portland’s hiking trails and late-night coffeeshops, baking to satisfy her sweet tooth, and spending time with her friends.