Violin & Viola Faculty

 
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Clara Engen

Violinist Clara Engen maintains a varied career as a performer, teacher, and advocate for the arts. Clara is a graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, with bachelors degrees in violin performance and history; she earned her masters as an orchestral fellow with The Orchestra Now, at Bard College.

Clara's passion for sharing classical music has led her to make musical connections across the world. Clara has taught and performed with the National Concert Association of Panamá, served as a teaching artist with Cuerdas Para Cali, a Bard College residency in Colombia, and was a Teaching Fellow with MusAid Organization in Belize. In the U.S., she has worked with students of all ages and abilities in a variety of settings—private lessons, group classes, and chamber music ensembles. Clara is trained in the Suzuki method, though she often employs other teaching practices learned from mentors and colleagues throughout her travels.

Besides teaching and performance, Clara also works as the Head of Operations for ENCORE Chamber Music Institute, a summer music festival in Gates Mills, Ohio. She is a strong believer in the benefits of musical education to foster curiosity and courage in students of all ages.