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Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Music in Music Education Performance Certificate in Oboe
Ms. Claire Bogdan
Claire Bogdan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Performance Certificate in Oboe. While attending the University of South Carolina, she was a member of the USC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Scott Weiss and studied oboe with Dr. Rebecca Nagel. Additionally, she was a member of the USC Marching Band where she marched mellophone for one year and served as Drum Major for three years. Claire was previously the band director at Westglades Middle School in Parkland, Florida.
Claire Bogdan has held instructional posit the middle school and high school levels, teaching instrumental master classes and conducting drum major leadership clinics with students across South Carolina, as well as Florida, Texas, and Indiana. Most recently, she has been a clinician, along with Mr. Bobby Lambert, Director of Bands at Wando High School, at the Summer Symposium Music For All Drum Major Institute in Muncie, Indiana during which 600+ drum majors from band programs across the United States were in attendance to receive instruction, guidance, and training for their leadership roles within the band program.
A native of Mount Pleasant, SC, Claire Bogdan started playing the oboe in the sixth grade at Cario Middle School and went on to Wando High School where she was Drum Major for two years. She thoroughly enjoyed her experiences growing up in the band programs and performing in All State and the Bands of America Honor Orchestra of America. She is thankful for the experiences that band provided her, and hopes to pay it forward to her students and give them opportunities for life-changing musical experiences.
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's of Music in Music Education
Ms. Allison Whisnant
Allison Whisnant is a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of South Carolina with her Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education. While at USC, Ms. Whisnant studied horn under Professor JD Shaw and participated in various ensembles including the University Band, Symphonic Winds, Carolina Cor Collective, Broken Fifths Wind Quintet, and the University of South Carolina Marching Band. She served as Principal Horn in Symphonic Winds under the direction of Dr. Corman Cannon as well as mellophone section leader for the 2016 USC Marching Band and as senior assistant for the 2017 USC Marching Band. She has taught various masterclasses in the Columbia area and assisted with the Congaree New Horizons Band as a private lessons instructor and ensemble director.
Ms. Whisnant is also a graduate from the CERRA Teaching Fellows Program and successfully completed Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Professional and Civic Engagement. Her academic honors include the Dean’s List, President’s List, the President’s Award, the Outstanding Senior Award, and the Robert Van Doren Award, given to the most outstanding senior in the music education program. Her other professional affiliations include Kappa Kappa Psi, Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Association for Music Education, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association.
Allison Whisnant is a South Carolina native from Loris, South Carolina. She grew up the daughter of two band directors and began playing trumpet in sixth grade and switched to French horn shortly after. She was active in her band programs at Loris Middle and Loris High school as well as various honor bands and summer programs throughout her time in South Carolina bands. Along with teaching at DuBose Middle School, she will be assisting at Summerville High School with the marching band program and will be performing with the Charleston Wind Symphony. She is incredibly excited to begin her career as a band director and is looking forward to helping students discover the musician within themselves.