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