Clara Blood
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Clara Blood

Clara B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a teacher my goal is to inspire my students to think creatively and analytically about oboe and music in general. Students can apply these skills not only to music performance and education, but also to any other field the student chooses to pursue. I use music as a vehicle to teach my students to think perceptively, to question and analyze situations, and ultimately to imagine, create, and innovate.

I tailor each lesson to the individual student so that each one can develop a unique musical voice. While I assign every student exercises, etudes, and solo repertoire to address their particular needs, each student begins their journey as an oboist by establishing a base of fundamental skills. A steady diet of embouchure building exercises, long tones, and scales creates the foundation of a successful oboist.

About Clara B.

I am a versatile performer and educator who engages audiences with performances in solo, chamber music, and orchestral settings throughout the greater San Diego area. I was recently appointed Adjunct Professor of Oboe at the University of San Diego and have served as an oboist with Navy Band Southwest since 2017. I completed a doctorate in Oboe Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016, where I served as the Oboe Studio Teaching Assistant. I perform as a substitute musician with the San Diego Symphony and frequently appear with the California Chamber Orchestra and Strauss Symphony of America. I have also performed with the New World Symphony, Austin Symphony, and the West Point Band.

Outside of music I enjoy CrossFit, running marathons, and cooking adventurous meals with my family.


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Clara was such an invaluable teacher for our beginning oboe student in middle school. Her easy ability to teach technique on such a complicated instrument was so important. Our daughter quickly gained confidence and skill and now has such beautiful sound as a sophomore. We highly recommend Ms. Blood for a great start!

Posted Aug 4, 2020
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Amazing, fun, and encouraging! I had a great first lesson

Posted Aug 1, 2020
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Clara taught oboe to my middle schooler from 6th to 8th grade. He had no experience and she had him playing in school recitals, the jazz band, and UIL competitions! Oboe is hard and takes work to make progress. Clara is patient and gets along great with students and parents! we saw her perform a few times and it was amazing!!!

Posted Jul 29, 2020

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Nov 2017 - Present

Navy Band Southwest

Oboe Studio Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2016

University of Texas at Austin

Taught undergraduate reedmaking class, Oboe for Non- Music Majors, Secondary Oboe for Music Education Majors, and in assisted weekly oboe studio classes.


Doctorate of Musical Arts in Oboe Performance and Pedagogy
Aug 2013 - May 2016

University of Texas at Austin

Master of Music in Orchestral Oboe Performance
Sep 2010 - May 2012

Manhattan School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Oboe Performance
Aug 2006 - May 2010

Rice University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Silver Medalist- Senior Woodwind Division
May 2015

Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition

Coleman- Saunderson Prize for Woodwinds and Brass
Apr 2015

Coleman Music Association

Bronze Medal
Mar 2015

Plowman Chamber Music Competition

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