Clara holds a master’s degree from Stanford University in Italian Literature, where she created and taught an opera workshop course for the Department of Music, as well as a public speaking and body awareness class for professors and doctoral students. A seasoned university instructor, Clara has held the position of vocal director for university and professional theater productions, taught voice and music education, and has lectured on topics ranging from Italian diction and poetic metrics and the Italian verismo period, to patterns of trauma both structural and psychological and their impact on the voice. Recently, she presented on these themes of trauma, singing, and structural change at an Arizona psychology association specialized in dealing with trauma victims, and set to work with the psychologists, themselves, using techniques drawn from the Feldenkrais method, Viewpoints, and other approaches to the healing voice and body. Beginning in 2009, Clara joined a professional Feldenkrais training in Turin, Italy, and proceeded to teach mat classes and 'trauma-release through singing' at various locales in Europe ranging from business schools to health and medical spas. She is passionate about approaches to training the voice that afford the singer greater body awareness so as to be able to undo important habitual impediments to self expression, whether physical or psychological, and which facilitate the cultivation of an authentic ‘technique.’ As well, the relationship of diet and health to optimal performance in the olympic sport that is opera singing has been a topic of great passion and study.
Herself a singer, Clara was awarded a visa and state funding to live and sing in Germany in 2011, and in addition to many performances overseas, she has set up large-scale productions including the International Gala at Stanford University, catering to an audience of 2,000. She will be teaching postural alignment, movement, and meditation courses following the methods of Feldenkrais, various methods of meditation, as well as part of the beginning Italian language and conversation courses this coming summer. She will also offer voice lessons to those wishing to tackle specific challenges related to breath coordination, posture, performance anxiety, and will work specifically with any singers having to revisit specific functions and mechanisms of their singing technique such as 'pulling' in breathing or a voice that falls flat that might indicate a functional tension pattern requiring attention beyond the confines of a traditional voice lesson. Not least, Clara is delighted facilitate and tend to any special needs of students and performers on this important journey to sing and cultivate the craft of opera in Italy, as well as to coordinate performances and major aspects of the program.
Clara also holds a Master’s degree in Music (voice and opera) from the University of Utah completed under full scholarship and stipend, and an undergraduate degree in music from Rice University and the Shepherd School of Music. While at Stanford, she was awarded many scholarships and grants for continued vocal study, performance, and teaching, in the USA and abroad. She has also completed a 65 minute doctoral qualifying recital at the University of Arizona, and taught opera classes at their overseas Study Abroad program in Orvieto, Italy.