Claire McDonald

Interim Flute Teaching Artist

Born and raised in Atlanta, Claire was educated in the Atlanta Public School system where she participated in many youth band and orchestra programs starting at age 9. She later studied music at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music, where she studied with Norma Rogers, former piccolo player of the Nashville Symphony. After graduating from Vanderbilt, she earned a master’s degree in flute performance from Austin Peay State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Lisa R. Wolynec. Claire has also participated in the masterclasses of world-renowned flutists like Bradley Garner, Randy Bowman, Stephen Preston, Gary Schocker, Keith Underwood, Goran Marcusson, and Robert Dick.

Claire has been teaching private and group lessons in the greater Atlanta area for several years and actively performs as a solo, chamber, jazz, and orchestral flutist throughout Georgia and South Carolina. She regularly performs at the Colour of Music Festival, as a member of the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the Charleston Gospel Choir and Charleston Spiritual Ensemble as principal flute of Musician’s United Orchestra. Claire currently holds substitute positions with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in Albany, Ga and the Florence Symphony Orchestra in Florence, SC., as well.

Claire feels extremely honored to be a part of the vision of The Atlanta Music Project and is looking forward to making a difference in young people’s lives and the community.

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