Claudia Liliana Bolaño is a native of Bogotá, Colombia. There, she attended the prestigious Pontific Javeriana University (PJU) where she majored in Instrumental and Choral Conducting, and Piano.
During her junior and senior years at PJU, Bolaño taught ear training, Music Theory and Sight-reading to underclassmen, and conducted the successful PJU’s Youth String Orchestra for almost two years.
In 1998, she moved to Lakeland, Florida, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a major in piano performance from Florida Southern College. She was the recipient of the Lowell Mason Music Education award, an honor granted to the Student Teacher of the year.
Bolaño also created the Choral programs at Lakeland and Mulberry Senior High Schools, both of which consistently received superior ratings at FVA district and State festivals.
Bolaño also served as a clinician for the Polk County All-County Sixth Grade Chorus in 2010.
She earned her Master degree in Choral Conducting from the University of South Florida where she studied with Dr. James Bass.
During her time at USF, Bolaño was co-conductor of the Women’s Chorus, worked with both the Collegiate and Chamber Singer ensembles, received a nomination for the prestigious professional fraternity Phi Kappa Lambda, and had the honor to conduct the Chamber Singers at the Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City.
Bolaño currently works as adjunct faculty for Harrison School for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, Florida where she lives with her husband Ernesto and their children Juan José and Juliana.