Italian-American soprano Clare Demer recently received her Masters degree from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. In her time there, she performed Mary in The Ballad of Baby Doe, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Paula Jordan in Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight, as well as roles in Rota’s I Due Timidi and the world-premiere of Robert Nelson’s The School for Scandal.
Clare has participated in many festivals across the United States, Canada, and Europe, including the inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo in 2018, IVAI in Montréal, the Aspen Summer Music Festival and School, SongFest at Colburn, and the Saarburg Festival in Germany. In 2016, Clare was an Art of Song Fellow at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
She is a graduate of The University of Arizona, where she earned a B.M. in Vocal Performance, a B.S. in Psychology, and a minor in Italian. While at the University of Arizona, she was the recipient of a Creative Achievement Award for the Fred Fox School of Music and won 1st prize in both the undergraduate and graduate levels of the Amelia Riemann Competition. During her time at the University of Arizona, she sang Monica in The Medium, L’Enfant in L’enfant et les sortilèges, and Second Lady in The Magic Flute. With the Arizona Choir she performed Dvorak’s Stabat Mater on tour in the Dvorak Hall in Prague and the Musikverein in Vienna.
In addition to singing, Clare has studied piano for over 15 years. In her time studying the piano, she performed in many recitals and piano ensembles, as well as in jazz groups in Tucson, Arizona.
Throughout her time in Arizona and Texas, Clare has taught both piano and voice to students of all ages, and she worked with undergraduate students as part of a graduate assistantship at the University of Houston Moores School of Music in their music history department. She is excited to continue the legacy of music educators who encouraged her to find joy within music and learning!
University of Houston, MM Vocal Performance, 2019 University of Arizona, BM Vocal Performance, BS Psychology, Italian Minor, 2017.