SongShop: About Claudia Hommel

Claudia Hommel at DePaul

Claudia Hommel brings more than four decades of stage and song career to student and adult singers. 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 teachers Roberta Vatske (New York), Carolyn Grimes (Detroit), and recently Stephen Smith (Northwestern), Elisabeth Howard and Christine Steyer; Art Song sessions led by Dalton Baldwin, various Shakespeare workshops with John Basil and Stratford Players of Ontario, Meisner technique studio work, and modern dance with Norma Carter and Harriet Berg in Detroit.

On stage, Claudia specializes in cabaret shows and recitals of French chansons, art songs, and American songbook standards. She has toured schools from coast to coast, from Paris to Peoria, performing at arts centers, museums, universities and high schools. A long-time member of the American Association of Teachers of French, she collaborates closely with secondary schools and colleges. She has been on faculty at the Community Music Division of DePaul University School of Music in Chicago since 2003.

Born in Paris, France, and raised in Detroit, Claudia earned a Masters in Library Science and worked as an archivist before going on to New York City to pursue a career in theater and music. She is a founding member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and is a member of the Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. The Illinois Arts Council has selected her as an ArtsTour Roster artist and as Arts-in-Education artist for over two decades. She has presented clinic sessions for Illinois Music Educators Association. Her Cabaret-Paree and Jazz Fauré Project recordings are available on the Maison Clobert label.

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