Clara Mannino – Flute
Video Credit: Ira Gardner
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.
Heather Johnson – Flute & Piccolo
Heather Johnson is an active performer and educator throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is currently Second Flutist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra
and recently completed a one year Piccolo/Third Flute position with the Eugene
Symphony. Since 2014, Heather has also served as Piccolo/Third Flute of
the Artosphere Festival Orchestra in Fayetteville, AR, under the direction of
Corrado Rovaris. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as on Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new music series, MusicNOW, and is currently a regular substitute of the Oregon Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, and the Eugene Symphony. She is also a past member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the prestigious training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Heather has had the privilege of working under the batons of many renowned conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Sir Mark Elder, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Cliff Colnot, among others. She has also shared the stage with world class musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma.
In addition to previous engagements, Heather recently returned for her fourth UK tour performing Principal Flute with Chamber Opera Chicago. She played Principal Flute/Piccolo for the 2014-2015 season of the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, WI, as well as Acting Third Flute & Piccolo for the 2014-2015 season of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She also held the Acting Principal Flute position for the 2013-2014 season of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
As an educator, Heather maintains an active private flute studio and is on flute
faculty at Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College, and
Holy Names Music Center. Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) and a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from DePaul University (Chicago, IL). Her primary teachers include Jennifer Gunn, Piccoloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Mary Stolper, Principal Flutist of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.