Clara Mannes

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Clara Mannes (born Clara Damrosch; 12 December 1869, Breslau, Silesia – 16 March 1948, New York City) was a German-born American musician and music educator. She and her brother Frank Damrosch also taught at the Veltin School for Girls in Manhattan.[1] With her husband, David Mannes, she founded the Mannes College The New School for Music in 1916 (then simply the David Mannes Music School).

Mannes was born in Breslau.[2] Her mother, Helene von Heimburg, was a former opera singer, and her father was conductor Leopold Damrosch. Her siblings were conductors Frank Damrosch and Walter Damrosch. Her parents were Lutheran (her paternal grandfather was Jewish).[3][4][5]

Her children were musician Leopold Mannes and author Marya Mannes.


  1. ^ "The MacDowell Colony" (PDF). Signature: 27. June 2008. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Mannes-Damrosch collection
  3. ^ Martin, G.W. (1983). The Damrosch Dynasty: America's First Family of Music. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 9780395344088. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Damrosch, L.; Agócs, K. (2005). Symphony in A major. 54. A-R Editions. ISBN 9780895795823. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  5. ^ James, E.T.; James, J.W.; Boyer, P.S.; Radcliffe College (1971). Notable American Women, 1607–1950: A Biographical Dictionary. 3. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. pp. 1–490. ISBN 9780674627345. Retrieved February 14, 2017.

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