Clara McLain


Clara began classical guitar lessons when she was seven years old. She studied with the acclaimed guitarist and composer David Brandon at Texas Tech University in Lubbock; and since April of 2012, she has studied privately with Robert Guthrie, Professor of Guitar at Southern Methodist University’s renowned Meadows School of the Arts. Clara received first place in the high school division at the 2011 West Texas Guitar Festival and Competition; placed second in the high school division at the 2013 University of Texas Dallas Guitar Festival and Competition; she was a finalist in the high school division of the 2013 “Classical Minds” Guitar Festival and Competition in Houston; and she was also a finalist in the high school division of the 2013 Indiana University International Guitar Festival and Competition in Bloomington, Indiana. She was also a finalist in the professional division of the 2018 Mountainview Guitar Festival and Competition. Clara attended Brookhaven College, where she performed the Vivaldi Guitar Concerto No. 1 with the Brookhaven College String Ensemble, and received the Alice Jones Berding Award in Music.
In the fall of 2015, Clara transferred to Southern Methodist University receiving the Honor Transfer, Veritas, and Artistic scholarships. Clara has performed in masterclasses taught by Ana Vidovic, David Russell, Manuel Barrueco, Adam Holzman, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli (Solo Duo), Rene Izquierdo, Edel Muñoz, Matt Palmer, and Gohar Vardanyan. Clara received her Bachelor of Music degree from Southern Methodist University in December 2017. She currently performs and teaches in the Dallas and Houston area.

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