Meet Our Director
Claire has directed the Greater Harrisburg Chorus since 1999. She has led the chorus to the gold medal and barbershop world championship at the 2012 World Choir Games, six Sweet Adelines International Region 19 titles, and three top-20 placements at Sweet Adelines International competitions.
Claire led Greater Harrisburg Chorus to her fifth regional championship in May 2019 breaking the previous year's chorus high score record with a new score of 685. The victory qualifies the chorus to compete in the "Super Bowl" of barbershop singing, Sweet Adelines International's convention and competition, in Louisville, KY, in October 2020.
In April 2018, the chorus brought home the first place medal in Division AA, the second place overall medal, and scored a new chorus high score record of 668. With the score being one of the highest internationally and the top score for Division AA, Greater Harrisburg was invited to compete not only in the 2019 Sweet Adelines International Convention and Competition, but also in the Harmony Classic Division AA competition in New Orleans, LA in September. The chorus chose to take this rare opportunity to compete in the Harmony Classic Division AA competition.
Previously the chorus placed 13th at Sweet Adelines International's convention and competition in Las Vegas, NV, in October of 2016.
In addition to Greater Harrisburg Chorus, Claire had served as co-director of the Pride of Baltimore Chorus in 2014 and helped guide the chorus to the 2014 Region 19 gold medal. Pride of Baltimore placed 12th in Las Vegas in 2015 at the Sweet Adelines International convention and competition.
In 2000, Claire was elevated to the title of Master Director in recognition of Greater Harrisburg Chorus' high achievement. Under Claire's guidance, the chorus has risen to the top 15 in worldwide Sweet Adelines competition.
Claire has been singing barbershop music since she began performing in a family quartet, The Busy Bees, at age 11. She earned a Sweet Adelines International gold medal with Valley Forge Chorus in 1985, and has won eight regional quartet championships, most recently with The Fource in 2007 and 2009. She placed in the top 20 worldwide in quartet competition with The Fource, and sang with Signature Sound quartet, the 2000 Sweet Adelines International gold medalists.
Claire has been an invited participant in Sweet Adelines International's Director Mentor program, in which she has brought education and guidance to directors in struggling chapters. She has been a member of the Regional Management Team, serving as Director Coordinator, directed the 2011 Sweet Adelines International Family Chorus, and is a longtime member of the regional music faculty and Silver Sorority of quartet champions.
Claire's talent, warmth, and humor make her a highly sought-after coach for quartets and choruses throughout the Mid-Atlantic. She and her husband, Tony, live in Malvern, PA. Their daughter, Nicole Hartshorn sings on Greater Harrisburg Chorus' front row and serves as the chorus choreographer.