Vocals, Guitar, Dulcimer
Michigan native Claudia Schmidt has covered a lot of musical ground, beginning with a stirring
rendition of "Tammy" at age 4 around a neighborhood bonfire. Then came years of choirs, a guitar,
a dulcimer, and some theatre thrown into the pot.
Thirty-two years as a touring professional have found her traversing North America as well as
Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front
of 25,000 rapt listeners. She is familiar with the mediums of radio and TV, including regular
stints on Public Radio International's "A Prairie Home Companion" in its early incarnation, and
starring in an hour-long documentary called "I Sing Because I Can't Fly," produced by KTCA TV in
St. Paul. She participated in the delightful Les Blank movie "Gap-Toothed Women," contributing
a song as well as an interview. She wrote an award-winning score and performed in the Goodman
Theatre's Chicago production of Brecht's "Good Person of Szechuan."