Claire was for many years the Performing Arts Manager and Director of Choral Music at Dilworth School where she curated the next generation of musical talent. She is now expanding that kaupapa in a newly created role at New Zealand Opera as Artist and Chorus Development Manager, alongside her role as Chorus Director in Auckland and Christchurch, and after stints as both Principal Répétiteur and Vocal Coach over her 30-year association with the company.
Her work at the University of Auckland, Dame Kiri te Kanawa Foundation, Auckland Opera Studio, New Zealand Aria Competition, and her private coaching studio at home led to her making her mark as one of the country’s most sought-after accompanists, exclusively in collaboration with singers.
Her real passion is working with those who feel that singing is out of their reach and helping them find their voice. This year her focus is on musical collaboration and ensuring that the next generation of singers in Aotearoa have access to the best musical experiences and training available.