Classroom and Arts in Education Programs:

Songshop (the art of song interpretation) sessions, led by Claudia Hommel, are open to new participants. In Chicago and Detroit:
TUESDAY evenings throughout the year, at DePaul School of Music
SATURDAY afternoons in Hyde Park
Monthly sessions in Metro Detroit.
Visit for details and call 773-509-9360 to audit or participate.

March 26, 2019: West Lafayette High School students make their annual visit to "Chicago as Paris on the Prairie," with a luncheon show of Souvenirs of Paris 1950 at La Marchesa.

March 28-29, 2019: Pine-Richland High School near Pittsburgh brings Claudia and Elizabeth for an evening community concert and a day-time set of school programs.

April 30 and May 2, 2019: Westinghouse College Prep in Chicago brings Claudia back for a two-day residency with students of French, European History, Drama, and Choir, including two performances of "Souvenirs of Paris 1950"

Some of our previous programs—Kindergarten to college, plus teacher training:

March 2019: Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools French III students get together for our annual performance of "Souvenirs of Paris, 1950"

March 2017: AATF Chicago/Northern Illinois chapter presents "Souvenirs of Paris, 1950" for French Immersion Day at Dominican University

December 2016: L'Ecole Professionnelle de la Comédie Musicale in PARIS, Claudia teaches a four-day song interpretation intensive for 17 students of musical comedy.

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October 24, 2016: a day in residency at Marygrove College in Detroit.
The public is invited to audit the second of our two master classes for high school and undergraduate singers or to sing at the evening session. Organized by Tara Sievers, Assistant Professor, Director of Vocal Activities.

October 7, 2016: West Lafayette High School students return to "Paris on the Prairie" for luncheon show, this time at Cyrano's Riverwalk café, under the tent with Elizabeth Doyle at the keyboard! A little rain can't stop us. Look for the arc-en-ciel.

September 8-10, 2016: residency at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio: Claudia joins the College reunion 2016 celebration of "Performance and Theatre" with a master class for Voice and Speech students, a Vocal Canvas concert shared with Elizabeth Doyle, pianist Mary Fahrenbruck, two new commissioned songs inspired by the Herndon Gallery exhibition of "Image: Public Face", the photographs of Kaleigh Harris and James Luckett and the poetry of New Hampshire poet laureate Alice B. Fogel. Followed by providing music for the reunion dinner with bassist Peter Hobart Nethercot and jazz vocalist Cindy Davis joining us on stage.

Friday, March 11, 2016: Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools French III students get together for our annual performance of "Souvenirs of Paris, 1950"

June 18-24, 2015...Singers Jazz Workshop in Paris, our second international workshop. Registration and details at

April 24, 2015, Claudia and her accordionist Patricia Spaeth's Bonjour Paris! play upstairs at Cyrano's for Michigan high school students visiting with Brightspark Travel. Then downstairs for West Lafayette High School students' annual Souvenirs of Paris, 1950!

April 15, 2015: Cercle Français de Youngstown sponsors Souvenirs of Paris, 1950, at Austintown and Poland Seminary high schools.

November 5, 2014: DeKalb High School presents Souvenirs of Paris, 1950, as the finale of National French Week.

November 11, 2014: Andrew High School in Tinley Park hosts Souvenirs of Paris, 1950. Master class and jam session with the school band/orchestra.

October 21 to 23, 2014
Residency at Auburn University, Alabama with Claudia Hommel and singer-pianist Elizabeth Doyle
  • October 21-22: performing Souvenirs of Paris 1950 for high school field trips to the Jules Collins Museum of Art
  • October 22: 5 PM workshop with AU students of French on "Songs in Translation"
  • October 23: 1 PM to 4 PM: masterclass with the Musical Theatre Studio classes
  • October 23: 7:30 to 9 PM: performance of Women of Paris at Goodwin Recital Hall sponsored by the Departments of Foreign Languages and Literature and Music.

Wednesday May 14, 2014. Bonjour, Paris! The annual field trip for 8th grade students from Winnetka's Washburne Middle School. This year Claudia sings for them accompanied by accordionist Patricia Spaeth at Cyrano's cabaret room in Chicago.

Thursday, May 8, 2014: DePaul University, School of New Learning's interdisciplinary course on "Exploring France in Chicago" brings Claudia to explore French impressionism through the prism of 19th century French song and the Jazz Fauré Project.

WLafayetteAtCyrano_2239 (300K)Wednesday, April 23, 2014: West Lafayette High School students return to "Paris on the Prairie" for luncheon show with Claudia at Cyrano's after a visit to the Art Institute.

Thursday, March 13, 2014: Libertyville and Vernon Hills High Schools French III students get together for our annual performance of "Souvenirs of Paris, 1950"

Saturday, March 22, 2014: BrightSpark Travel engages Claudia to escort students from Chelsea, Michigan high school to explore France in Chicago.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013: West Lafayette High School in Indiana hosts a daytime residency and evening community concert.

Monday, October 22, 2012: West High School of Green Bay, on tour with Elizabeth Doyle for Souvenirs of Paris, 1950 .

Friday, October 5, 2012: Seven Hills School in Cincinnati hosts "That's What Makes Paris Paree and the whole school turns out to join the romp!

Friday, July 6, 2012: American Association of Teachers of French:
Lights, costumes, action: bringing les arts vivants to the French class Panel session with Claudia, actor Tim Mooney, Ravinia Festival outreach Luciano Pedota, and teacher colleagues Stephen Ohlhaut and Margarita Levasseur

Friday, March 23, 2012. Souvenirs of Paris, 1950 for 4th to 8th graders visiting the Monte Cassino School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Thursday, March 22, 2012. Union High School master class in Tulsa, OK.

Wednesday and Thursday, February 22 and February 23, 2012. Chicago Heights' Bloom and Bloom Trails High Schools will host Claudia for all-day residencies during Fine Arts Days.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011: Laurel School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, for an all-school, all-day residency, K to 12!

Thursday, April 14, 2011: Chesapeake Community College in Wye Mills, Maryland hosts "Women of Paris" for a humanities celebration.

Thursday, February 18, 2010: North Park University sponsors "Travel Abroad Quintet".

Thursday, May 6, 2010: Erie Elementary school in Chicago. Kindergarten through 2nd graders are going to find out "That's What Makes Paris Paree". Sponsored by Ravinia's Reach-Teach-Play program.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010: Victory Elementary in Chicago. Youngsters in K to 3rd grade find out "That's What Makes Paris Paree". Sponsored by Ravinia's Reach-Teach-Play program.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010: Claudia leads a performance-skills workshop for Ravinia Festival's current roster of teaching artists (a host of fabulous performers of blues, folk, classical, chamber music and more).

Friday and Monday, April 24 and 27, 2009. Jacksonville, Illinois. Performances, workshops and masterclasses at middle school, high school and School for the Visually Impaired, plus master class at the local college.

Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, 2009 Claudia escorts Greenville, Michigan, high school students around Chicago's Paris on the Prairie, concluding with a public performance at Cyrano's on Friday evening.

Friday, November 20, 2009: Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, MIchigan holds an assembly concert of "Souvenirs of Paris, 1950" for the bevy of young women from 7th to 12th grades.

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