Director - The Art of Song Interpretation
BA Antioch College
MSLS Wayne State University
The Art of Song Interpretation
Claudia Hommel brings to student and adult singers more than three decades of stage and song career. She approaches each student and each song with insights and energy that come from her own studies with international singer Martha Schlamme, actor/director Alvin Epstein, music director Steve Blier, voice teacher Roberta Vatske, various Shakespeare workshops, Art Song sessions led by Dalton Baldwin, Meisner technique studio work, and dance. Claudia specializes in cabaret shows and recitals of French chansons, art songs, and American songbook standards—touring to performing arts centers, museums, universities and high schools from coast to coast, from Paris to Peoria. She is on faculty at the Community Music School of DePaul University in Chicago.
Born in Paris, France and raised in Detroit, Claudia acquired a Masters in Library Science and worked as an archivist before going on to New York City to pursue a career in theatre and music. Calling Chicago home, she is a founding member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and is a member of the Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA (the union of film and television artists). The Illinois Arts Council has selected her as an ArtsTour Roster artist since 1998 and as Arts-in-Education artist since 1999. Specializing in French repertoire and themes, she has worked closely with her colleagues in the American Association of Teachers of French since 1995. She has presented clinic sessions for Illinois Music Educators Association.