Singer. Songwriter. Teacher. Irish Music Player.
Claudia sings and plays Irish music, and writes original songs. Her next project, with performance dates September 23 and 24 at the Irish American Heritage Center, is a “solo performance” directed by Sean Kelly and accompanied by singer-songwriter Kat Eggleston. The idea of the show began with a desire to feature songs by and about women, from Irish and Scots traditional songs. She travelled to Ireland in 2014 to gather songs, visit song circles, libraries, and pubs, and talk to singers. She whittled the list of songs that grabbed her imagination to around one hundred. From there, she began to imagine the songs along the timeline of her own life story, using the “heroine’s journey” as a template, and the neo-pagan “triple goddess” as inspirations along the way. The show’s title, “Out of the Mouth of a Woman,” was inspired by a conversation with Dublin singer Máire Ni Chróinín, who sings with the An Goilin singing club in Dublin.
In 2016, she hosted an event to commemorate the Centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, featuring a reading of Lady Gregory and William Butler Yeats’ Cathleen Ni Houlihan, songs, poems, tunes and descriptions of the Rising, featuring faculty, staff and students from The Theatre School and the Irish Studies Program. In 2014, she hosted an event at The Theatre School celebrating Irish-American Heritage Month and Women’s History Month, titled, “Daughters of Eire.” Featuring Kat Eggleston, Liz Carroll, Dennis Cahill, Gillian Kelly and Kate Bolgrien and Claudia, the concert was held on March 7 from 3:00pm-6:00pm. In 2008, she presented an evening of Irish music with Kat Eggleston, Jim Conway and Mike Austin, at The Theatre Building on Belmont Ave., Chicago, titled, “First in Our Hearts.”
In 2011, Claudia released her first CD, in dreams i can fly. Thirteen original songs with piano and guitar accompaniment, including guitar by Steve Dawson and John Abbey, harmonies by Sue Demel and D.C. Anderson, bass and cello by Al Ehrich. Written over a span of four years, personal and universal themes of loss, love and relationships.
In 2010, Claudia contributed a track of Pretty Bird, by Hazel Dickens, for the CD, in my room, a folk compilation CD to benefit Multiple Sclerosis. Claudia has sung harmonies on several of D.C. Anderson’s CDs: All is Calm All is Bright (Silent Night), Collected (Box of Visions), Time Was (The Great Peace March), and Blue Summer Day (Box of Visions, Potato, Flintstones.)
Claudia is a full-time professor at The Theatre School, DePaul University, located at 2350 N. Racine Ave., Chicago. She teaches voice for actors, and is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and text and dialect coach in production. In Chicago, she has worked as a professional dialect coach for Court Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Paramount Theatre in Aurora, Next Theatre Company, and Writers Theatre.