Clare Glackin is a composer of instrumental and vocal concert works whose music has been commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Alarm Will Sound, and others. She seeks to craft music that is engaging, unique, and fulfilling for both performers and audiences.

Clare’s music has been performed across the United States at festivals such as the Brevard Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, and Mizzou International Composers Festival, and by performers such as saxophonist Matt Ennis, soprano Ally Smither, and mezzo-soprano Abby Fisher. Upcoming projects include a wind ensemble piece to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Mount Vernon High School Band program in 2019.

Also an oboist, Clare has played in various premieres of student compositions. She has been a member of the USC Concert Orchestra (receiving the USC Concert Orchestra Award in 2015), and Rice Campanile.

Clare graduated with an MM from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where she studied on a Brown Fellowship and taught Eurythmics-style classes in the SSM Preparatory Program. She also holds a BM from USC’s Thornton School of Music, where she was named a Discovery Scholar and Outstanding Graduate of the composition program. Clare’s primary teachers have been Sherry Dufka, Stephen Hartke, Frank Ticheli, Pierre Jalbert and Richard Lavenda. Born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington, Clare enjoys running, biking, kayaking and baking desserts.