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Deirdre McClure, D.M.A.

Adjunct Professor in Music

Deirdre McClure (M.M, D.M.A.,Conducting, Peabody Conservatory of Music, B.A., Piano, Macalester College) teaches Music in Film and Animation and Music Appreciation at the University of New England. She has worked with many orchestras, opera companies, and chamber ensembles in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the Oakland Opera Theater, where she has been Music Director and Conductor since 2001. Oakland Opera Theater produces orchestral productions of significant 20th and 21st Century works, including works of composers such as Benjamin Britten, Igor Stravinsky, Duke Ellington, and Philip Glass, and champions the work of lesser-known composers such as Mary Watkins and Thomas Dean.

McClure has toured the United States, Canada, and Mexico with the Club Foot Orchestra, which performs contemporary music for silent film and contemporary animation. She has also worked with the Oakland Community Orchestra, the Women's Orchestra of San Francisco, the University of California Youth Music Program, as well as the San Francisco Conservatory of Music contemporary music ensemble. McClure is the conductor of the Odeon Orchestras in Rockport, Maine, and the First Parish Choir in Portland, where she and her family reside.