Clare Shore, Composer
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Lake Worth, FL 33460 USA
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Clare Shore - Brief Biography

Clare Shore, the second woman to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from The Juilliard
School, has received critical acclaim for her works, with reviewers from the New York Times, New York
Post, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and others hailing her works as "provocative" . . . "immensely
dramatic". . .""unpretentious". . ."ingenious and evocative". . ."intriguing". . ."romantic to the core". While at
Juilliard Ms. Shore studied with David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and Roger Sessions, and subsequently
with Gunther Schuller. Since then, she has received numerous commissions, awards, and grants, including a
Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

Shore has taught at Fordham University, Manhattan School of Music, the University of Virginia, George Mason
University, and Palm Beach Atlantic College. She currently holds an exclusive publishing contract with E.C.
Schirmer. Other works are found in the catalogs of Arsis Press, Plucked String Editions, and Seesaw Music.
Her works are recorded on CRS, Owl Recordings, and Opus One, produced by Grammy Award-winning
Elite Recordings.

 

 

More Comprehensive Biography

Clare Shore, the second woman to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from The Juilliard
School (1984), has received critical acclaim for her works, with reviewers from the New York Times, New York
Post, Boston Globe, Washington Post, and others hailing her works as "provocative" . . . "immensely
dramatic". . .""unpretentious". . ."ingenious and evocative". . ."intriguing". . ."romantic to the core".  While at
Juilliard Ms. Shore studied with David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and Roger Sessions, and subsequently
with Gunther Schuller.

She was granted the Irving Berlin Fellowship in Memory of Jerome Kern during her doctoral studies at Juilliard,

as well as the Alexandre Gretchaninov Memorial Award. Since then, she has received numerous commissions,
awards and grants, among them the 1983 Grant to Young Composers, annual ASCAP Standard Awards since 1982,
Composers Assistance Grants from the American Music Center, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a fellowship to the
Atlantic Center for the Arts, an Artist-in-Education Grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Colorado
Commission for the Arts, a grant from the Contemporary Record Society, numerous Meet-the-Composer Grants
since 1980, a Composer Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Shore's works have been performed in Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall,
the National Gallery of Art, the Barns of WolfTrap, Charleston's Spoleto Festival, as well as throughout the U.S.A.,
Europe and Australia. She has served as Composer in Residence at Palm Beach Atlantic University, has done residencies
with the Colorado Recorder Festival, Hanover County School System, Dakota Wind Quintet, Charles Ives Center
for American Music, was a Composing Fellow with Pierre Boulez at Carnegie Hall, a MacDowell Colony Fellow, a
resident composer at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, an alternate in the Luce Scholars Program for Asian Internships.

Shore received the Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, with Honors in Music, from Wake Forest University in May,
1976, earning a Teaching Certificate as well.  While at Wake Forest she studied composition with Annette LeSiege,
voice with Donald Hoirup and oboe and saxophone with Davidson Burgess.  She earned the Master of Music degree
in December, 1977 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, studying composition with Charles Eakin and Cecil
Effinger, and voice with Louis Cunningham.

In addition to her work as a composer, Shore has led an active career as mezzo-soprano soloist and conductor.
She performed with the Robert Shaw Chorale in Avery Fisher Hall and at Princeton University, and has been employed
as alto section leader with the Delray Beach Chorale, Miami's Bal Harbour Church-by-the-Sea, St. John in the Pines
Episcopal Church, Wellington, FL, and currently serves as Director of Music at Calvary United Methodist Church
in Lake Worth, FL.

Clare Shore holds memberships with ASCAP, the American Music Center, NACUSA, SCI,  IAWM (serving on the
Board as Director of Concerts from 1995-1997), and was on the Board of its predecessor, AWC from 1983-1995
(President of the Virginia chapter in 1984).

Ms. Shore was awarded two teaching fellowships at Juilliard, and has taught at Fordham University,
Manhattan School of Music, the University of Virginia, George Mason University and Palm Beach Atlantic
University. She currently holds an exclusive publishing contract with E.C. Schirmer Publishing. Other of her
works are found in the catalogs of Arsis Press, Plucked String Editions, and Subito Music (formerly Seesaw
Music).

Her works are recorded on CRS, Owl Recordings, and Opus One, produced by Grammy Award-winning
Elite Recordings.