Ms. Trish Clair (Horrocks)

Violin, Viola Teacher

Trish Clair (Horrocks)

SAA Member


Nanaimo, BC, Canada

Trish Clair (Horrocks) is a Canadian educator, chamber musician and fiddler living in Nanaimo, BC. She teaches a large private Suzuki studio in Nanaimo, where she is also the director of several community fiddle ensembles. She taught for many years with the Yukon Fiddleheads and the Suzuki Association of the Yukon. She also teaches at several other fiddle and Suzuki summer camps across Western Canada, having been on faculty at ASSI (Edmonton, AB), Yukon Summer Music Camp (Whitehorse, YT), Fiddleworks (Salt Spring Island, BC) and Selkirk College Fiddle Camp (Castlegar, BC). She is in demand as an arranger and coach for youth performance ensembles across western Canada. Her first solo fiddle recording, Dawson’s Tumble, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2007 and a second CD of original tunes, Providence, was released in July 2010. She holds a BMus (violin performance) from the University of Western Ontario, where she studied with Gwen Thompson and Bob Skelton. Trish is also the co-author of Cross Canada Fiddle Tunes with pianist/fiddler Geoff Horrocks. Trish has developed a fiddle curriculum, outlining a logical order of progression through the traditional fiddle repertoire, which is very much inspired by the Suzuki method. She has also written hundreds of multi-part arrangements of fiddle tunes and classical masterworks. Together Trish and Geoff have created an exciting series of educational materials for students and teachers of traditional and contemporary fiddle music. In recognition of her dedication to the arts education community, Trish was the recipient of the 2020 Honour in Culture Award for the City of Nanaimo.