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Office: School of Music, Room 230
Clara Zahler, violinist, was born in Cremona, Italy. Her formal studies were carried out at the Juilliard School with Sally Thomas, C.U.N.Y. Queens College with William Kroll, and private studies with Matthew Raimondi (the Composers Quartet). She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician, and as a member of orchestras with conductors including Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Muti, Kurt Mazur, John Pritchard, Kurt Sanderling, Giuseppe Patane, Leonard Slatkin, Skitch Henderson, Eve Queler, Richard Westenberg, Robert Shaw, Arthur Weisberg, Leon Botstein, and Paul Zukofsky. Her membership in orchestras includes American Symphony Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Ballet Orchestra, New York Pops, Mostly Mozart Festival, Martha Graham Dance Company, The Orchestra of the 20th Century, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence, Italy). She has performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, Kirov Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Canadian Ballet, Canadian National Ballet, The Netherlands Ballet, The Cuban National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Experience on New York City's Broadway includes the orchestras of On Your Toes, My One and Only, The Tap Dance Kid , Evita, David Copperfield, and Les Misérables.
Ms. Zahler has been Chair of Music Education and Associate Professor of Music at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota School of Music, and was Director of the string program for the Town of Griswold (Griswold, CT). She has served as Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, Orchestra Chair of the CMEA (Connecticut Music Educators Association) Eastern Region Middle School Festival, and String Coach for the Eastern Connecticut Youth Symphony. Presently, she is a Professor of String Music at Texas Tech University where she teaches violin, chamber music, and is a Master Teacher for the String Project. She continues to perform regionally, nationally, and internationally.