Clair Cangialosi graduated in the spring of 2017 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in music education with a concentration in bassoon. She is an avid bassoonist and contrabassoonist, performing with ensembles in both the Pioneer Valley and the New York City area.
Clair is a native of White Plains, New York. Her primary bassoon teachers are Janet Grice and Stephen Walt. She studied conducting with Dr. Matthew Westgate.
Clair is a member of the National Association for Music Education, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Women Band Directors International. She was one of two people in the country to receive the 2016 Collegiate Professional Achievement Award from the National Association for Music Education.
During her studies at UMass, she served as the music director for Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as the Secretary, Vice President and Chapter President of the UMass Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education.