Clara Gerdes, from Davidson, North Carolina, is a fifth-year student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, PA where she studies organ with Alan Morrison and harpsichord with Leon Schelhase. She received first prizes in the Albert Schweitzer, AGO-Quimby Mid-Atlantic Regional and UNCSA School of the Arts organ competitions and was the recipient of the first annual AGO Pogorzelski-Yankee scholarship. She has performed extensively throughout the U.S, at venues such as the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York, St. Thomas Church, 5th Ave, the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Washington National Cathedral and at Harvard and Princeton universities. She has given recitals at the 2017 Mid-Atlantic and 2018 National conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and at Spoleto Festival USA, the Oregon Bach Festival, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts and the Uncommon Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska. Her performances have been broadcast on Pipedreams and WDAV 89.9 plus other local stations in the Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre, PA area.