Visiting Artists


Master songwriters and performers will lend their inspiration to CCSI with performances and Q&A sessions both in-person and through remote conferencing. Stay tuned as our esteemed ensemble grows.


2019-2020  Visiting Songwriter: Claudia Schmidt

Claudia Schmidt is widely known as a singer/songwriter of folk and blues, an accomplished performer on 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer, and an accomplished jazz singer. She was a regular during the early years of Prairie Home Companion. Describing herself as a "creative noisemaker," Claudia has released 19 recordings and has appeared on the stages of concert halls, small clubs, and festivals for decades. She has also written music and lyrics for several musicals and films.

Claudia will be offering our participants an opportunity to workshop their songs followed by a guest performance at the:

CommonChord Fundraiser Gala

October 26, 2019

Save the date and stay tuned for details

Learn more about Claudia and her long list of amazing musical accomplishments on her website.


wisdom we love

You know, I would say that songwriting is something about the expression of the heart, the intellect and the soul.

- Annie Lennox