About Claire W.

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Claire teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2005
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Claire Whitcomb began playing piano at 4 years old, viola at age 12, and violin in high school while studying with Dan Reinker, principal violist of the Nashville Symphony, at Vanderbilt's Blair School of Music pre-college program. She obtained her Bachelor's of Music degree from Middle TN State University under the tutelage of Sarah Cote and went on to achieve her Master's of Music Degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory, where she studied under Masao Kawasaki and Catharine Carroll. There she studied excerpts with the principal violist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Christian Colberg.

Claire is currently a tenured string player with the West Virginia Symphony and Lexington Philharmonic. She is a formal substitute with the Cincinnati Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Chattanooga Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, and many other orchestras. With over 10 years teaching violin, viola, and piano she began the Claire de Lune Academy in 2014 out of her home, just north of Nashville, TN

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Section viola

Sep 2014 - Present
West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

I play viola in the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra! We have a great time bringing audiences classic pieces that enrich all of our lives.

Section viola

Sep 2013 - Present
Lexington Philharmonic

I play viola in the Lexington Philharmonic in Lexington, KY. Throughout the year we play classical and pops repertoire to a very supportive audience. We are lucky to do what we love for a living!


Artist Diploma

Sep 2012 - Present
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Master of Music in Viola Performance

Sep 2009 - May 2012
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music

Violin and Viola performance

Aug 2005 - Apr 2009
Middle Tennessee State University

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First Place

Apr 2009
Middle Tennessee Bach Competition
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6 Reviews on Claire W.

Amy Sep 3, 2016
Violin · Online
i take lessons with claire on claire de lune academy's website and i have never learned so much about music. claire is thorough in her explanations and always makes sure i understand the theory behind what we're working on as well as the music side of it. definitely recommend claire as a violin teacher!
Amber Aug 25, 2016
Viola · Online
I signed up to take with Claire twice a week on Skype because I loved our lessons so much. She keeps me interested in playing viola and encourages me to keep going no matter what. I recommend Claire for anyone looking to get better at string playing. I used to take violin, but switched to viola recently and am loving it.
Isaac Aug 25, 2016
Violin · Online
Claire has helped me learn church music to play on Sundays and gives great guidance on a lot of other genres. We also work on classical and fiddle and have a great time doing it. Best teacher ever.
Beth Aug 25, 2016
Violin · Online
I'm an adult beginner violin player and Claire has been so patient with me. I've learned so much in a short period of time and can tell I picked the right teacher!
Natalie Aug 25, 2016
Violin · Online
I started playing violin two years ago with Claire and LOVE it! She inspires me to keep going and she explains things in a way I can easily understand. Claire is personable, talented, and a great teacher.
Emma Aug 24, 2016
Violin · Online
Claire is a such a great violin teacher! She always has helpful tips to help me learn my favorite songs. I highly recommend her!!
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