Adjunct Instructor of Music
School of Music & Theatre
DMA, University of Memphis
Dr. Renée Clair appears regularly in professional new music venues and festivals throughout the United States. In addition to regional events, she has sung at national conferences of the College Music Society and Society of Composers, Inc. Clair’s new music repertoire extends from classics of contemporary literature through works composed for her voice. She is the featured singer on the CD Music of Brian Bevelander (Equilibrium EQ 102), including 40 minutes of music written for her voice.
She is recognized as an active performer in opera, oratorio, recital and chamber music. Most recently she won first place in the National Opera Association Production Competition singing the role of The Witch in Hansel and Gretel. Her operatic roles include: Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Cherubino and Marcelina in Le Nozze Di Figaro, Mrs. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She founded and conducted the West Berkeley Chorale in Berkeley, California and founded the concert series Chanter in Queensland, Australia. Ms. Clair is a protégé of Donald Munro, founder of the New Zealand opera.
She first began practicing yoga while living in California and has taught yoga in California, Australia, Tennessee, and Ohio. Her doctoral degree is from the University of Memphis, her Master of Music degree is from Bowling Green State University, and her Bachelor of Music degree is from San Francisco State University. She has taught music for the University of Memphis, Bowling Green State University, Bluffton University, and University of Findlay. She now lives in Tiffin, Ohio, where she teaches applied voice, music appreciation, and is a collaborative pianist for Heidelberg University.