Clare Longendyke

“I believe that a musical education is so much more than just a weekly piano lesson: learning music means learning to communicate without language, learning to feel and express complex emotions, and learning to listen deeply to the music that sings both inside and outside of us.”


Lecturer of music and director of piano studio

Educational Background

  • P.D., Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
  • M.M., Indiana University – Bloomington, IN
  • B.M., Boston University – Boston, MA

Year joined Franklin



Private and group piano lessons, piano literature, music theory and history

Why study piano?

Studying the piano is a fantastic creative outlet because it exercises one’s artistic instincts, listening skills, and hand-eye-brain coordination, not to mention because it allows students to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding for music making and the performing arts. Playing the piano is not easy, in fact, it is downright challenging: beginner pianists learn to use muscles in their hands and fingers that they are not yet adapted to being used, all the while reading a musical “language” that they may be completely unfamiliar with! But the feeling of accomplishment that students get when they give their first performance for their families or friends is really exciting. All I ask of my students is to open their minds and do their best; studying piano takes time, but can be enjoyable every step of the way!

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Clare has performed solo and chamber music recitals in Europe and the United States. In 2015, she was the first place winner of the National Society of Arts and Letters Instrumental Competition and a prize-winner in the Indiana University Travel Grant Competition. In 2013, Clare was a featured soloist in the Fazioli Piano Series in Los Angeles, and performed with violinist Timothy Kantor as part of Performance Today’s Young Artist in Residence Program.  That same year she was awarded second prize in the Schubert Club of Minnesota’s Scholarship Competition.

Clare made her orchestral debut in 2012 performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Indiana University Concert Orchestra. She is also an active performer of new music: she spent two years performing with the Indiana University New Music Ensemble and has been a Collaborative Piano Fellow at the New Music on the Point Festival in Vermont since 2013. She has worked with and performed the music of acclaimed American composers  Frederic Rzewski, Joseph Schwantner, Missy Mazzoli, and Joan Tower. In 2015, Clare collaborated with Los Angeles saxophonist, Andrew Harrison, to record a CD of entirely new works for saxophone and piano. The album, entitled “In the City,” will be released in 2016.

Clare is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University, where she teaches as an Associate Instructor of Piano (since 2011). She studies with Dr. Karen Shaw.

What Students Say

“[Clare] is enthusiastic, passionate, and wanted her students to succeed and grow. It was nice to be in a space where I didn’t just feel fed to the dogs to sink or swim on my own for piano class. I signed up for the class to complete my degree, but I actually feel like I got a lot out of it and am glad I had the experience.” –  Lori Mandelbaum, Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University ’19

Something My Colleagues Don’t Know about Me

Something my colleagues don’t know about me… I’m completely obsessed with France, the French culture and language, French music, literature, and the French way of life. I lived in Paris for almost four years and I’m fluent in French. It’s something I’m very proud of!