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 five years, where she has a private studio of students ages 4 through 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), coordinates the chamber music program, and is a co-director of the summer Violin Bootcamp. Recent student successes include 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 multiple performers accepted to the Academy Music Competition.
Before teaching for Mason Community Arts Academy, Claire 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. During her teacher training, Claire 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 attended a pedagogy workshop at Indiana University directed by Mimi Zweig.
As a performer, Claire is a member of the first violin section in the McLean Orchestra. She is a founder of the Lorien Quartet, the Faculty String Quartet at Academy. Highlights from the 2017-2018 season include a solo recital at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, orchestral performances with the McLean Orchestra, and multiple performances with the Lorien Quartet.
Claire’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.
Claire 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, and Lisa Cridge. She performs on a modern violin made by Tetsuo Matsuda.
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