Dr. Renée Clair, Mezzo Soprano and Pianist, teaches Voice and Yoga for Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. Renée founded The Music and Wellness Institute to share a lifetime committed to healing work and the making and teaching of music. Originally from Ohio, Renée spent 15 years in California, 5 years in Australia and 3 years in Memphis, TN.
Dr. Clair offers Entertainment for occasions looking to add an element of elegance. She sings and accompanies herself at the keyboard. Her repertoire reaches from The American Songbook through the Classics in English and Foreign Languages. She is the recipient of multiple national awards for her engaging performances.
Renée offers private voice and piano lessons, as well as seminars and private consultations.
Her DMA in vocal performance is from the University of Memphis, TN, her MM in vocal performance is from Bowling Green State University, OH, and her BM in vocal performance is from San Francisco State University, CA.
Singing honors include first place in the National Opera Association Production Competition singing the role of The Witch in Hansel and Gretel as well as many regional and national awards for her performances of Contemporary Classical Music. Her operatic roles include: Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Cherubino and Marcelina in Le Nozze Di Figaro, Mrs. Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, the Witch in Hansel and Gretel, and Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. Dr. Clair is a protégé of Donald Munro, founder of the New Zealand opera.
Sing with every cell vibrating! Yoga for Singers is a natural outgrowth of decades of work with yoga, singing and the fifth chakra (your voice). This interactive work goes considerably beyond asanas (physical postures) and is appropriate for the speaking voice as well as the singing voice.
Power Acupressure draws from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Energy Psychology. This work is based on Meridians. Meridians are rivers of energy within our bodies. Each individual meridian associates with specific emotional themes. Acupressure points are stimulated, affirmations are offered and Meridian Stretching and Strengthening exercises are used to balance, strengthen and heal the energy systems.
Dr. Clair is certified as an Energy Psychology Practitioner. Energy Psychology assists in releasing blockages as well as clearing trauma and achieving peak performance. Renée began her practice here in Tiffin in June 2016.
While living in Australia (1994-1998) Renée discovered Bikram Yoga and knew immediately that she would become a teacher. She received her teaching certification directly from Bikram Choudhury at his then World Headquarters in Beverly Hills, CA. Dr. Clair has taught in Bikram Yoga studios in California, Tennessee, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. She has been studying, practicing and teaching meditation, yoga and other healing modalities since living in Berkeley, CA (1978-1994).
While a student at San Francisco State University, a mind open to new sounds lead directly to a lifelong interest in the music of living composers and the heritage being created in today’s classical music scene. Dr. Clair has performed in a variety of professional new music venues and festivals throughout the United States, frequently collaborating composer and pianist Brian Bevelander. Together they performed at multiple regional and national events. The CD The Music of Brian Bevelander, on the Equilibrium label, contains 40 minutes of music written by the composer for Renee's voice.
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