Music has been a longtime passion for Claire; a passion she combines with a strong commitment to hone, stretch and expand her talents and the talents of others. Currently, Claire exercises her considerable abilities leading the “One Heart Choir” at the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa. An inspiring facilitator, she shares a variety of vocal teaching methods, which she has garnered from a lifetime of training and experience in multifaceted musical arenas. In addition to directing, Claire teaches private vocal development, and conducts transformational workshops with the vibrations of crystal and Tibetan sound bowls and voice.
Claire's diverse background in music has led her into a career that is exciting and varied. Whether working with the choir, expressing the muse with her vocal group, “Heaven 'n Earth”, or performing original inspirational music from her CD “Richly Blessed and Highly Favored”, Claire creates a vocal style that is uniquely, and expressively, hers. Originally from New York, she received her B.A. in Theater Arts from East Stroudsburg University, PA. In bicoastal performances, she has shared the jazz stage with the likes of Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, and Bob Dorough. Theatrically, she has performed leading roles in numerous musicals including: Stevenson By Heart under the musical direction of Grammy award winner Peter Matz, I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking it on the Road (for which she received a Bay Area Theatre Critics Award nomination), Anything Goes, Sweet Charity, Little Shop of Horrors, and Cabaret. Her writing talents have resulted in Cinnabar Theatre productions of “Cole Porter’s People”, “Don’t Ask Me Not to Sing”, and her own compelling cabaret shows. In addition to teaching private voice and presenting her own voice classes, Claire has been a guest faculty artist at BYU - Hawaii, where she has taught master classes in jazz vocal technique, cabaret singing, musical theater and lyric interpretation. She most recently has been a guest artist at the Global Sound Institute, San Francisco, as well as at the Sound Healing Conference, Los Angeles in February 2008.
And, while music is certainly Claire's focus, she is also a respected and deeply committed Religious Science Practitioner. Claire blends her spiritual practice with her skills as a director to provide a safe, playful, heart-opening atmosphere for others, a place where one can experience their authentic nature in a co-creative singing environment. In sharing her vision of the “One Heart Choir” Claire says, “Know that whatever you bring to the choir, you can trust it, and it is enough. Who you are is enough and is part of the perfect pattern that forms the unique tapestry of the One Heart Choir. Show up and let the music sing you.” Anyone who joins hands and voice with the “One Heart Choir” will be sure to experience a deeper connection in their lives both inwardly and in musical community. Together we ignite and rekindle the passion that is in all of us.