Claire Cooper
Durham, NC
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Claire Cooper

Claire C.

Durham, NC
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a graduate from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins with a Master's degree in vocal performance!

In addition to the formal training I have accumulated in Opera and classical music, I have over five years’ experience coaching students in pop and musical theatre, as well as 15 years of performance experience. I am willing to work on an array of musical genres with students of all ages and skill levels.

Whether you or your child would like to start working towards a professional career in music, wants to just have fun, or anything in between - I can help you get there. More than anything, I want my students to experience the happiness and healing that music performance has brought to me.

I also have experience working with remote lessons and I am happy to share my ‘tips-of-the-trade’ for adapting to our current circumstances as a professional singer!

About Claire C.

Claire grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins. She is a recipient of the George Castelle Memorial in Voice from Peabody Institute and is currently studying with renowned soprano, Elizabeth Futral. She has most recently performed in the leading role of Elizabeth Bennet in the staged premiere of Kirke Mechem’s Pride and Prejudice with Peabody Opera Theatre.
Claire is also seasoned in Musical Theatre and Pop performance as she was the music director and primary arranger for her collegiate a capella group, the UNC Walk-Ons. The Walk-Ons received 2nd place in 2015 and 3rd place in 2017 at the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA) quarter finals under her music direction.

In addition to performance, Claire possesses passion for teaching and directing. She has assistant directed both spring main stage operas with Peabody Institute over the course of her master’s degree: Il Trittico directed by Garnett Bruce in 2019 and La Rondine directed by Samuel Mungo in 2020. While completing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she music directed musicals and song cycles such as "The Producers", "Songs for a New World", and "The Last Five Years" with Company Carolina. Before attending Peabody she also taught voice lessons to young singers ages 8-16 at the Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Claire is thrilled to be participating in a virtual production of Die Zauberflöte as Zweite Damme with Opera NEO as well as offering private virtual lessons for students of all ages and skill levels!


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Claire did a great job at making me feel at ease for my first lesson and it was clear that she knew a lot of knowledge about the mechanics of becoming a better singer.

Posted Jan 15, 2021
Madhavi K.
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I have loved doing singing lessons with Claire! It has been so much fun and I look forward to doing them every week! Claire is such an amazing teacher and is an awesome person to work with!

Posted Sep 4, 2020
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Claire has been an extremely knowledgeable, supportive, and flexible teacher! I started lessons a few months ago and have struggled with nerves, projection, and breathing all of which we've been able to work on virtually. I have felt so much progress working through stage freight, and I even recorded myself singing and listed to it after our last lesson (which I never thought I'd have the guts to do)! She has been absolutely incredible to work with making sure to prioritize whatever I am looking to get out of the lessons. As someone who has never taken voice lessons before, I have gained exposure to new techniques as well as learning my vocal range and what pitches work best for my voice. Definitely recommend!!!

Posted Sep 1, 2020
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Claire is amazing! She is the most knowledgeable and patient teacher I’ve ever had. Claire has helped me find my voice and build my confidence. She is helping me push towards all of my goals with her positive and reassuring attitude. If you need an instructor to bring out the best on you, she is the one to go to.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
Johnese M.
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I had the best time with Claire today! I was nervous and she helped me to get through that. I left feeling refreshed. I cant wait for my next session.

Posted Jul 28, 2020
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I lived my first lesson. Claire made me feel comfortable, so I could get the most out of our time.

Posted Jul 1, 2020
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She is AMAZING!!!

Posted Jun 8, 2020
Jason W
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10/10 Claire is simply the best. Out of all the people I have studied under, Claire is the most effective teacher I have ever had. Her passion for music is contagious and after my lessons with her I find myself wanting to learn more, practice more, and perform more for my family and friends. I am inspired to keep growing in my singing and owe it to her for following me along my journey at a comfortable pace that is personalized to my education level and experience. Thank you Claire for helping me find my confidence again!

Posted Jun 8, 2020
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Claire’s love of music was definitely contagious and my young singer really blossomed while studying with her. Claire worked with her on music that my daughter loved and she came away smiling every lesson. She is a delight.

Posted May 30, 2020
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I had an amazing experience taking voice lessons with Claire! I learned so much about vocal placement and the importance of engaging with the story of the music you are singing. Claire was always willing to help me with arranging music for my acappella group, preparing for auditions, and anything else I needed to work on! She was always patient, easygoing, and kind. She is not only and incredible voice teacher but an amazing person as well!

Posted May 28, 2020

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Graduate Assistant
Jul 2018 - May 2019

Peabody Institute Voice Department

Voice Teacher
Aug 2017 - Aug 2018

Chapel Hill School of Musical Arts


Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2018 - May 2020

Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins

B.A. Music
Aug 2013 - Aug 2017

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


French Diction

Limited Proficiency

German Diction

Professional Proficiency

Italian Diction

Professional Proficiency


George Castelle Memorial Award
May 2020

Peabody Institute

Feb 2019

Annapolis Opera 31st Annual Vocal Competition

Artistic Excellence Award
Aug 2018

Peabody Institute

2nd Place
Jan 2015

The Varsity Vocals International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella (ICCA)

1st Place
Jan 2015

NC National Association of Teachers in Music (Classical)

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