Trish Clair has a degree in violin performance from the University of Western Ontario. She studied with Gwen Thompson, Robert Skelton, Paul Kling, Yaroslav Karlovsky (viola), and Pablo Deimecke, and has completed Suzuki teacher training with Elayne Ras, Carol Smith and Ann Montzka-Smelser. Trish currently teaches Suzuki violin to students as young as three at her downtown Nanaimo studio, where she also directs the thriving VanIsle Fiddlers program. She teaches at fiddle and Suzuki camps across the Pacific Northwest and the Yukon, and is the director of the Nanaimo Summer Strings Camp.
In addition to teaching, Trish is busy as a classical and folk performer on both violin and viola. She is a founding member of the Sonora String Quartet along with Karl Rainer, James Mark, and Hannah Wilson.