Senior Claire Barratt loves the Cleveland Museum of Art, could teach you a thing or two about tetherball and wishes she played piano, in addition to the bassoon! Get to know her by checking out her interview & giving her playlist a listen!


Do you play any sports?

I’m really good at tetherball.

What's one bad habit that you wish you could quit?

Getting distracted so easily. I try to stay away from my phone so at least I’m distracted by better things.

Where is your favorite place to go in Cleveland?

The art museum. I definitely didn’t always appreciate it, but now I especially enjoy going back to the same few places every time.

What drew you to the bassoon?

I love the sound of it! I played saxophone and I still do, but in middle school we got a chance to try new instruments and hearing the older kids playing bassoon was really cool. My audition didn't go well, of course, because it's the bassoon, but I learned!

Is there another instrument you wish you knew how to play?

I would really like to learn to play the piano, mostly to play jazz.

How long have you been friends with your best friend?

Can I have more than one best friend? One of them is Aviva, who I met at the beginning of my first CYO season. We were friends right away, being in the bassoon section together.

If you had to give up one of your senses, which would it be?

Probably smell. And if that takes away taste, too, that’s fine. I’d like to be able to hear and feel and see things.

What does contemporary mean to you?

Contemporary music is really a snapshot of our culture, not just musically. It’s probably easiest to see in things like Rock the Orchestra, but a lot of contemporary music is about the issues relevant to our generation and what we think of them. It’s interesting because contemporary music bends the rules of music so often and that’s a statement in itself.

Why did you join CYO?

I really didn't know much about the contemporary part at first. I joined because I love the sound of an orchestra and I thought it would be really cool to play in one. And I was right, it’s really, really cool. But when I joined I was scared it would be too hard; I’d never played in an ensemble like this. Luckily, Liza was so nice at my audition (even when I played the trombone cues).

Claire's got ten tunes for you! Give them a spin right here: