Clio Eldred was born in Ontario, Oregon, and raised in Bellingham, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Music Degree from the University of Oregon, and has completed most of the work toward a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Washington. He served as music director and associate minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Montgomery, Alabama, and has taught music (choral director and private voice instructor) in Alabama Christian College in Montgomery, Alabama, and Columbia Christian College, Portland, Oregon.
At Magic Valley Christian College, Albion, Idaho, Mr. Eldred was acting head of the music department, teaching music theory, music appreciation, church music, private voice, directing the chorus and vocal ensembles, and organizing and directing the choral tours. Later, he was choral director at Whatcom Middle School, Bellingham, Washington, also teaching general music classes there, and taught private voice at Western Washington State University. At North Seattle Community College, Seattle, Washington, he taught private voice, music theory, and sight singing. In August of 1969, Mr. Eldred was awarded a scholarship to attend and sing in Boris Goldofski's opera workshop in Wheeling, West Virginia. He has attended the choral workshops of several outstanding men, including that of Dr. Lera Hoggard as well as some Fred Warring workshops. He has sung the bass-baritone solos in many productions of the oratorio of Elijah and Messiah.
Mr. Eldred has also been the choral director of many teen-age camps, sung the bass solos in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at a special workshop on teaching music theory at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; was a guest soloist with the Boise Symphony Orchestra (Boise, Idaho) and the Portland Symphonic Choir (Portland, Oregon). Presently, Mr. Eldred is being scheduled for concerts in colleges, universities, community centers and many state prisons (performing a wide variety of musical selections).
While in college, Mr. Eldred was an active member of Circle K. During the four years of teaching in Idaho, he was an active member of the Burley Kiwanis Club and an active singer in the "Singing K's" and was sometime the choral director. He also was active in organizing and sponsoring Circle K Club on campus where he taught at M.V.C.C.
A man with a message, he likes the outdoors and the old west (as indicated by his photography). He likes the imagery of the mountain man and Indian tradition with concepts of honesty, openness to truth, and closeness to nature. Mr. Eldred believes that a man (and a woman) should take a strong stand for things that are positive, good and truthful. "We had all better make a strong stand for God and our country, or our ideals are going to be whittled away to nothing! Be committed!"
For five years, Mr. Eldred was Institutional Music Director at Washington Corrections Center at Shelton, Washington. Teaching voice lessons, music theory, and directing the choir, Mr. Eldred kept very busy. He also presented concerts with the choir and with his own singing presentations. At the present time, he is teaching guitar lessons and presenting musical concerts at Monroe Corrections Center, Minimum Security Unit in Monroe, Washington.
The use of canes as he walks or using a wheel chair is still restrictive, but being able to swim, ride a motorcycle and play a guitar are all physical therapy achievements for which he is very thankful. The challenges each day keep him going so that he can just keep going on! Just being able to stand and walk a little is a continual blessing.