Claudia Hommel

Biography: 

Singer/actor Claudia Hommel specializes in combining art songs, American standards, and French chansons to create character and drama. Described as a “bit of Audrey Hepburn, with something of Ginger Rogers, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and... Air Jordan” (Didier Lepauw for Parisian Salon Concerts), Hommel tours her concerts, master classes, and private performances nationally. Neil Tesser (Chicago Reader) reports, "You'll think you paid for the evening in euros." A founding member of Chicago Cabaret Professionals, she leads song interpretation workshops at DePaul University and participates in the actors’ unions, the American Association of Teachers of French, and the Music Educators National Conference. Hommel brings extensive academic background in social history to her residencies. She has produced three "cabaret-paree" albums and the Jazz Fauré Project – French Impressionism meets American Jazz.

Artistic Statement: 

My work as a singer and actor is grounded in the intimacy of cabaret and infused with language, poetry, social history, and sense of place. In concert hall, supper club, museum, and classroom, I use songs to share truths about our lives and to reach across borders of time, place, and culture. I love to take people to “Paris, 1950,” even if we’re in Peoria, 2008. In workshops, I encourage youth to see themselves as makers of world history. In master classes, I seek to enrich the self-confidence and self-discovery of the singer through exploration of his/her song.

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist