clarinetist - educator -
"Claire Grellier’s burnished clarinet solos traced the winding lines of Bartok’s folk-infused modernism with agility."
- South Florida Classical Review
Dr. Claire Grellier enjoys a diverse career as a performer, music educator, arranger, composer and entrepreneur. As a very active performer, particularly through the medium of chamber music, Claire is part of two professional ensembles, KHAOS Wind Quintet, and Four Play Clarinet. Claire has performed and presented in conferences all over the country such as CMS, FMEA, TMEA, ICA, NAMM, and NACWPI and has performed on international stages including France, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, China, and in the United States.
Originally from Nice, France, Claire completed a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music degree from the School of Music at Cal State University, Fullerton under the tutelage of Hakan Rosengren.
Prior to her studies in America, Claire graduated from the Nice and Monaco Conservatories (D.E.M.) Her primary teachers are Michel Lethiec and Marie-B. Barrière-Bilote. While in France, Claire played clarinet for the City of Nice Wind Ensemble and the City of Nice’s Military Band, where she served as the solo Eb clarinetist. She also has performed with the Nice Opera.
Claire completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in April 2020 with a doctoral cognate in Music Business. Claire was the teaching assistant in clarinet and the winner of the 2019 Frost Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition.
Claire is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Ball State University in Indiana. She previously taught at Occidental College, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Youth Orchestra YOLA, and at the French Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Additionally, Claire is the California State Chair and the Social Media Coordinator for the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Claire owns a small company that creates clarinet neck straps. She is a Buffet Crampon Performing Artist.