Bridget Clonts, Coordinator
Bridget Clonts is an active pianist and teacher from Kansas City. Having grown up near St. Louis, MO, she took an interest in piano from an early age and in high school furthered her studied with Dr. Jennifer Lim-Judd, consistently winning at major regional competitions, including the St. Louis Ragtime Competition, Missouri Western State University Piano Competition, Fite Family Piano Competition, and the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition Honors Audition, among others. At age 14, she gave her first full-length solo recital, and at 16 made her orchestral debut performing Saint-Saëns' Second Piano Concerto with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 2006-2012, Bridget studied piano with Jane Solose at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (BM, MM). While there, she took honors in regional competitions including the Missouri Music Teachers Association and National Federation of Music Teachers, and won the UMKC Concerto Competition in her final year there (2012), performing Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.
Since graduating, Bridget has maintained an active performing career, and recently performed with members of the Kansas City Symphony and Wichita Symphony Orchestras. As a collaborative artist, she performed on the regular concert series sponsored by the Midwest Chamber Ensemble during the 2013-14 season. In Spring 2014, she performed with her duo partner, flutist Philip Greenwood, at the acclaimed Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.
Since her early high school years, Bridget has taken an active interest in teaching. Over the years, she has maintained a private studio of students and continues to be passionate about music education and passing on a love for music to the next generation. In college, she also developed and interest as a ballet pianist, and has worked professionally with the Kansas City Ballet School and the UMKC Dance Department.