Claudia Polzin currently serves as the Director of Development for Southwest Florida for Classical South Florida – 88.7. She has resided in Southwest Florida for the past 18 years, during that time she served as the Director of Education and Development for the Philharmonic Center for the Arts. Prior to taking this current position she also served as the Director of Development for the Guadalupe Center of Immokalee and the Community Foundation of Collier County.
When offered the opportunity to return to her “roots” of classical music and work for American Public Media here in Southwest Florida – she did not hesitate in making that career change. Her career began in the public school classroom in Robbinsdale, Minnesota where she taught choral music and theatre. Having been introduced to classical music at the age of 4 while sitting next to her grandfather in the orchestra he belonged to as first chair clarinet – her love of music has continued throughout her life. While at the Philharmonic Center she was instrumental in designing the educational programs for grades K-12 and bringing programs to the public schools of Collier County; and students to the Center. One of the programs was a joint program with the Collier County School System that was funded through a federal education grant and brought musicians to elementary schools; provided inservice programs for classroom teachers and brought students to the Center for Orchestra concerts.
Claudia currently serves on the board of the Greater Naples Planned Giving Council, is an Elder in her church and assists with the youth music programs at the church; and serves on the board of Angels Undercover.