Claudia grew up listening to the sounds of classical music and opera. Her musical world changed when she received her first Beatles album as a preteen! Although she continued classical studies she spent most of her time listening to the music of the Chicago scene. Blues, R & B, and jazz were all available on the radio and at the many concerts that were available to an all-ages crowd. Chicago had, and still has, many ensembles that explore the limits of jazz, and attending the concerts of some of those artists has continued to inspire her throughout her musical career.