About Claire Davis

Claire Davis is a performer and an educator. As a violist and a chamber musician, she has performed in ensembles, concerts, and festivals virtually and in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado, and Alaska. Recent highlights include the Saint Paul Chamber Music Institute and the Grinnell Symphony Orchestra, in which she served as principal violist for four years. As an advocate for equity in music, Claire aims to support diverse voices through representative programming, pushing for inclusion at all levels of decision-making, and music history research. Her quartet recently premiered her performing edition of Isabella Beaton’s Quartet for Stringed Instruments (1898-1899).


Currently based in Tucson, AZ, Claire teaches private lessons and group classes at the University of Arizona’s String Project. Previously, Claire was the Associate Teacher of Viola and Violin at Studio E Grinnell and co-taught KidsMusic, an after-school elementary program, in Grinnell, IA. Beyond forming excellent technical proficiency, Claire aims to support her students’ self-confidence, sense of belonging, and well-being through her teaching.


Claire is pursuing her Master of Music in Viola Performance with Dr. Molly Gebrian at the University of Arizona. She attained her Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Grinnell College.