About Duo Bel Vento
Las Vegas flutists Clare Birmingham and Emma Pease-Byron have been performing as Duo Bel Vento since 2010. In addition to being available for hire as special event and wedding entertainment, they can be heard in recital at a variety of venues throughout the Valley. Duo Bel Vento also supports the Las Vegas music community through their work with the Las Vegas Flute Club and through commissions of new works for flute. In June of 2012 they were awarded a Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant for the commission of a new work by local composer Diego Vega to be premiered August 2012 at the National Flute Association’s 40th Annual Convention held in Las Vegas, NV at Caesar’s Palace.
About Clare Birmingham
Clare Birmingham has been performing and teaching flute in Southern Nevada since 2003. In addition to her appearances as a member of Duo Bel Vento, she performs regularly as principal flutist of the Henderson Symphony Orchestra. This summer, she performed with Opera Las Vegas for a production of Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. As an orchestral flutist, she has enjoyed playing under the batons of Itzhak Perlman, Peter Schickele, and Catherine Stornetta, and she has performed with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Sarah Chang, and the cast of “Forbidden Broadway.” She has also performed in ensembles in London, England; La Croix Valmer and Le Pradet, France; and Hong Kong. As a soloist, Clare was featured as a guest artist at the former Liberace Museum in 2009. She was also the featured soloist with the University of Nevada – Las Vegas Symphony Orchestra in April 2008, as a winner of the music department’s annual Concerto Competition.
Clare maintains an active flute studio in northwest Las Vegas, comprised of students of all ages and abilities. Her students have been selected for Clark County School District Honor Bands and as soloists in their school music programs. In addition, she has coached flute sections at various junior high and high schools in the valley, as well as served as an adjudicator for placement auditions. In 2008 she was a guest lecturer at the Las Vegas Flute Club Flute Fair for a workshop about handling performance anxiety.
Since 2010, Clare has served on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Flute Club (LVFC). She is the 1st Vice President-Elect for the upcoming year, beginning in September. As part of this non-profit organization, she was a teacher in the trial run of the LVFC Flute Lesson Scholarship Program. This program provides quality flute instruction at no cost to dedicated students that have not studied privately due to financial hardship. In addition, she regularly submits articles for the LVFC quarterly newsletter. She also coauthored an article with Emma Pease-Byron about the LVFC for The Flutist Quarterly, a publication of the National Flute Association (NFA). She is very excited to be a part of the LVFC’s performance at the NFA 40thAnnual Convention, which will include Duo Bel Vento’s world premiere of Wild Beasts by Diego Vega.
Clare earned a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas in 2009, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2007, also from UNLV. She has performed in masterclasses with Ian Clarke, Joshua Smith, Mimi Stillman, and Jill Felber. Her primary teachers include Dr. Jennifer Grim, Dr. John McMurtery, Dr. Richard Soule, and Jennifer Kuk-Bonora.
Outside of music, Clare loves spending time with her wonderful husband, TJ, and their beautiful daughter, Sophie.
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