Clara Mannino is a freelance flutist from eastern Washington. Ms. Mannino offers musical instruction at Spokane Falls Community College, and Holy Names Music Center. She serves as a substitute orchestral musician in various regional orchestras including Coeur d’Alene Opera, and the Yakima Symphony.
Ms. Mannino exploits opportunities to bring music into the local community. As a Graduate Assistant at James Madison University in Virginia studying under Dr. Beth Chandler, Ms. Mannino coordinated a collaborative musical outreach program with Sunnyside Retirement Communities and the JMU Music Department. Students and retired residents alike cherished the opportunity to connect through musical experiences of student run concerts, lectures, and interactive activities. This summer, she created the Holy Names Flute Choir for adult amateur flutists. The ensemble relishes the joy of musical preparation, building friendships among flutists, and performing contemporary and classical music monthly.
Ms. Mannino earned her Bachelor’s in flute performance at Central Washington University with Dr. Hal Ott on a full scholarship. She won first prize in many competitions including CWU’s, and JMU’s Concerto Competitions, and the Flute Division of Musicfest Northwest’s Young Artist Competition. Along the way, she secured a chair in the National Flute Association Collegiate Flute Choir in 2012, and was admitted to perform in masterclasses with renowned artists including Jim Walker at the Hampton Roads Flute Faire, and Amy Porter at the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention.