Biography



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I am a TCM-certified vocal instructor, as well as a singer-songwriter, guitarist and rehearsal pianist. I am also a certified sophrologist and clinical psychologist.

Since 2010, I have worked with Allan Wright as a voice student and an accompanist in his workshops and singers’ training courses in Nantes and Paris.

I was fortunate to meet Allan when I decided to start training my voice properly after years of vocal instruction that had left me with more questions than answers. From my first contact with Allan’s teaching and with the TCM approach to singing, I experienced a wealth of “a-ha” moments, discovering how my voice works and - most of all - how I can make it work for me rather than against me!

In 2012, I decided to train as a TCM teacher in order to help singers and voice professionals explore and enjoy their full vocal potential as well.

I graduated from the first TCM Teacher Training Course after completing a research thesis and Master level coursework in vocal anatomy and physiology, vocal pathologies, vocal analysis, acoustics applied to singing, motor skill learning theories and learner-centered pedagogy, musical styles and dialects.

 

All styles of singing are welcome in my studio! I teach beginning and advanced singers, occasional and pro. I teach principles of healthy, balanced phonation using the TCM approach. I offer artistic coaching, approaching interpretation in full respect of the style in which singers wish to express their artistry, providing them with a toolbox of targeted, effective, playful techniques to help them achieve their musical goals. I like to create and maintain a collaborative, focused and benevolent working atmosphere in all of my classes and workshops.

As a singer and an instrumentalist, I self-accompany on piano or guitar, and I offer singers who accompany themselves training tips to enhance their self-accompanied singing.

 

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Education before TCM

Before studying voice, I graduated with a B.M. and a M.M. in classical guitar from the University of Southern California (Los Angeles).

I hold a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Paris-VIII and a certification in Sophrology from the Ecole de Sophrologie du Languedoc.

A fluent speaker of French, English and Romanian, I studied conference interpreting at ESIT (University of Paris-III – Sorbonne Nouvelle).

 

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Performances and recordings

While living in L.A. I took part in many new music projects (including works by Steve Reich, Ian Krouse, William Kraft, or Denis Dion) performing on guitar, piano or early instruments. As a lutenist and theorbo player I was active on the early music scene in Southern California and France. I also performed extensively as part of a voice and guitar duo with baritone Nmon Ford.

I taught non-major classical guitar and lute in several Paris area conservatories for twelve years, while also working extensively as a rehearsal pianist and accompanist with voice classes, vocal ensembles and professional singers.

In the early 2000’s, I turned to composing, songwriting, playing and singing with several Paris-area based folk and pop-rock bands. In 2009 I formed my own band, Flora | Miles, with Ciprian-Florin Stancu. In 2012, we released our first album "Fontanelle".

I perform and record under my birth name Claire Delerue.