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Claire Allen

Claire Allen, Violin Lessons

Teaching Artist - Violin

Biography:

Claire Allen is an active performing violinist and private teacher in the Washington, D.C. area. She has been a teaching artist at Mason Community Arts Academy for six years, where she has a private studio of students ages 4–18 and is the faculty coordinator. She teaches Violin Beginnings (a series of group classes for young children just starting to play violin), Violin Adventures (a supplemental class for violinists already taking private lessons), Violin Choir, and Patriot Violins, coordinates the chamber music program, created and directs the Youth Violin Camp, and is a co-director of the summer Violin/Viola Bootcamp.

Recent student successes include a second prize winner in the American Protege Competition at Carnegie Hall in New York, students being placed as co-concertmaster and co-principal second violin of the American Youth Debut Orchestra, being accepted to the American Youth String Ensemble, serving as concertmaster for Ovations Summer Strings Academy, superior ratings at the Solo & Ensemble festival and ASTACAP exams, and multiple performers accepted to the Academy Music Competition.

During her teacher training, Ms. Allen completed two levels of Suzuki teacher training at the Greater Washington Area Suzuki Institute and studied pedagogy with Rebecca Henry at the Peabody Conservatory. In summer 2013, she completed the Violin Teacher Retreat training at Indiana University with Mimi Zweig. Most recently, she attended in the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at The Juilliard School in New York City.

Before teaching for Mason Community Arts Academy, Ms. Allen was a teaching assistant at the Baltimore School for the Arts where she coached chamber music, directed sectionals, and assisted with the orchestras. She also taught privately in an outreach program that provided free lessons to inner-city school children, To Work In Gaining Skills (TWIGS). She has also been on faculty at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory Outreach Department.As a performer, Ms. Allen is a member of the first violin section in the Tysons-McLean Orchestra. She has been a member of many incarnations of the Faculty String Quartet at Mason Community Arts Academy, participating in multiple outreach concerts at schools, community centers, and other local venues. Highlights from the 2018-2019 season include quartet recitals at George Mason University, performances with the Tysons-McLean Orchestra, and a solo performance/pedagogical presentation at the Boulanger Initiative Launch Festival.

Ms. Allen’s teaching style combines elements from the Suzuki and Rolland methods with the traditional study of scales and etudes and is passionate about incorporating the works of female composers into the violin repertoire at every level, from beginners through advanced students. She is always on the lookout for works by new composers to introduce to her students so that recital performances feature a mix of new and standard violin repertoire.

Ms. Allen holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from Baldwin-Wallace College. Her primary teachers include Rebecca Henry, Keng-Yuen Tseng, Burton Kaplan, Julian Ross, Lisa Cridge, Gene Pohl, and Estelle Roth. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda and a bow by Richard Grünke.

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Contact:

Email academy@gmu.edu or call the office at 703-993-9889 for more information about Claire Allen.