Claudette’s musical training began in the public schools of New York City. She is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and became a teacher and freelance violinist in Seattle, Washington before coming to the Twin Cities in 1981. In 1982 Claudette was hired to begin a string program at the Breck School where she remained until 1988. In that same year Claudette, along with her husband Manny, were hired as co-directors of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, which is recognized as one of the leading youth orchestra programs in the United States. They are currently in their twenty-sixth season at MYS.
Over the years, Claudette has guest conducted at various conferences and festivals in the Twin Cities. They include the Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival, the National Suzuki Conference, the Minnesota All-State Junior High School Honors Orchestra, the Classic Lake Festival and the St. Paul Honors Orchestra. In addition, Claudette is on the MacPhail faculty as a conductor for the Allegro Camp summer program.
In the autumn of 2003, Claudette resumed her position as String Director of Breck School and continues to enjoy working with her students on a daily basis. In 2007 Breck School awarded Claudette The Jean Wigley Award for teaching excellence.