Originally from Missoula, MT and Boerne, TX, Claire discovered a love for vocal music in high school, when she began performing in community musicals and school choirs. She earned double Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Russian from the University of Montana in 2016. A lover of travel, Claire studied abroad in both St. Petersburg, Russia (FINEC) and Graz, Austria (The American Institute of Musical Studies) during her undergraduate years. Claire earned her M.M. Vocal Performance from West Virginia University in 2019, where her coursework focused on vocal pedagogy, musicology, and twentieth-century music theory. During her time at WVU, Claire served as a lecturer, teaching private voice lessons to theater and music students. Additionally, she held a Choral Internship with Suncrest United Methodist Church.
Most recently, Claire appeared as Second Lady in Aquilon Music Festival’s production of The Magic Flute. Her other opera performance credits include: First Lady in The Magic Flute with WVU Opera, Sam-I-Am in WVU’s Opera on Wheels production of Green Eggs and Ham, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Giulia in The Gondoliers. As a recitalist, she highlights Russian art song. Off-stage, she enjoys yoga and love spending time outdoors hiking and riding horses.
Get to Know Claire
What is your number one goal when teaching?
Growing a student’s sense of intellectual curiosity about music! Being a musician (like living life) takes both knowledge and bravery to try new things—as well as a sense of perspective and fun!
If you could take only three items with you to a deserted island, what would they be?
A first-aid kit, the score to Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and the collected works of Leo Tolstoy
What is your go-to song on karaoke night?
“Hit me with your best shot”—Pat Benatar