Faculty Bio

Claire received both her Bachelor's degree in Music Education and her Master's Degree in Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA. She brings to CHSMA a wonderful variety of teaching and performing skills. Most recently, she was a school Orchestra Director in the Roanoke Public Schools where she taught students grades 4-8 daily. Prior to that, she worked with the Virginia Tech String Project, where she served as a master teacher, working with students aged 9-18 and mentoring student teachers and arranging for and providing performances for the community. She was also Director of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra After-School Program, where she developed curriculum, including theory and technique, led rehearsals and took students out in the community for performance opportunities. Claire is a deeply committed teacher who is comfortable working with students of all ages and is passionate about expanding their technique, their ensemble work and their love of the arts.