Sister Claire came to Reno from the Seattle, Washington St. Joseph Carmelite Monastery in 2001. A Seattle Washington native, she was born into a musical family, and after college graduation from Indiana University, she played professionally in orchestras and chamber music ensembles. Upon entering the convent in 1982, Sr. Claire successfully wove her love of music into her cloister life. She has continued her life of prayer with her love of music at Carmel of Reno, and is a composer of several canticles, a movie score and a virtual choir of international Carmelite singers.
Sister Claire Sokol was interviewed on August 16, 2017 by the Nevada Women's History Project through a grant from the Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation.