Claire Heath graduated with honors from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College with a degree in Music. She came to the Academy as a student of the Summer Music Institutes, and served as a summer counselor for three years before becoming the Academy's full-time intern. Claire has traveled extensively, with performances in China, Singapore, Austria, England, Wales, and Canada, as well as noted venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She is currently playing with the Richmond Philharmonic.
Claire’s studies focused on music history, and she served as a Peer Learning Associate and tutor. Her work culminated in an independent study integrating a thesis and recital, examining the philosophical conception of music as didactic and creative force in the works of Kant and Schiller and the influence of these ideas on Beethoven’s early compositions.
Her teachers include Alison Simpson, Elizabeth Etters-Asmus, and Astrid Walschot-Stapp, with mentoring by Jocelyn Swigger. She has 9+ years of experience performing with orchestras, wind symphonies, pit orchestras, chamber groups, and choirs. She also maintains active studies in conducting, orchestration, arrangement, and composition. She has premiered several works, most notably as the harp soloist for Wales: Land of My Fathers, by Dr. John Jones.