Claudia Mickelson has literally taught hundreds, if not thousands, of people young and old to experience the joys and satisfaction of making music. A private instructor of woodwinds, Claudia had the benefit of teaching students in the public schools in Indiana during students’ band class or flexible time.
Claudia attended Indiana University and the University of Washington, and has Bachelor’s Degrees in Clarinet Performance and in Music History/Literature. She is a certified music adjudicator in Indiana, New York and Connecticut.
For the past sixteen years, Claudia taught in studios in the Connecticut/NYC area. Her professional playing career includes serving eleven years as Principal Clarinet/Concertmistress and frequently featured soloist for the Elkhart (IN) Municipal Band, most notably performing as soloist during an exchange concert with this group in London, England.
Back East, Claudia was privileged to perform with and serve as personnel director of the Westchester Symphonic Winds- an all adult, wind and percussion ensemble, based in Tarrytown, NY. With this group, she got to experience the thrill of performing at Lincoln Center, at national music conventions, and participate in exchange concerts with other wind ensembles in the US. She was a member/soloist with the Connecticut Master Chorale and served in a utility clarinet capacity with the Danbury Symphony and Assistant Principal Clarinet with the Ives Festival Orchestra. She has experience performing in musical theater, opera, chamber, and German band activities.
Claudia is a committed teacher who prides herself on consistency and recognizing individual needs in planning a successful learning path. From the 9-year-old beginning alto sax student, to the 80-year-old senior picking up the clarinet he played in grade school, Claudia tempers each lesson to meet the special needs of each and every student, using methods and materials appropriate to each.
“Teaching is my love, and I look forward to resuming this very rewarding work here in Colorado with students eager to experience the joy and accomplishment of making music.” -Claudia Mickelson