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Claire Compton, oboe

claire_comptonClaire Compton is a native of Lexington, South Carolina, where she began playing the oboe at the age of 12. She is a 1998 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Math Education. During her time at Clemson, Claire was a member of Tiger Band, the Symphonic Band, and the Honors Woodwind Quintet and was honored to have opportunities to play at Carnegie Hall and with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The highlight of her time with the Spartanburg Philharmonic was playing in ensembles accompanying artists such as Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kenny Rogers, CeCe Winans, and Michael W. Smith. She was a charter member of the Kappa Beta Chapter of Kappi Kappa Psi and was selected as one of five Clemson University “Women of Achievement” by the upstate FOX affiliate.

Upon graduation from Clemson, Claire moved to the Florence area where she taught 8th grade at Henry L. Sneed Middle School and was blessed to meet many talented and supportive people in the arts community. She has been the principal oboist in the Florence Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and plays oboe and English Horn in the Palmetto Concert Band and the Carolina Wind Symphony. She has been honored to play as a soloist in churches throughout the state and also enjoys being a part of small orchestras accompanying church choirs, including the Masterworks Choir of Florence, and the Lexington County Choral Society.

Claire returned home to Lexington in 2002 where she is currently a Statistics, Algebra, and Teacher Cadet Instructor at River Bluff High School. She is delighted to be part of this collaboration with the other principal players and wants to extend a special “thank you” to her family for their love and the many miles they have traveled to support her along the way.

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