Laura has been performing and teaching music for the past ten years throughout the New York State and Eastern Massachusetts areas. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Voice from SUNY Fredonia and a Master's Degree in Opera from the Longy School of Music. She has taught singers at all levels and ages. While Laura enjoys singing and music in all styles from rock to folk to soul, her specialty is classical singing and opera. She has been privileged to perform roles and operatic scenes both locally and abroad.
While attaining her Bachelor's Degree at SUNY Fredonia, Laura focused heavily on both performance and pedagogy. She debuted the role of Eva Gobel in Crazy Sunday, based off the story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and composed by Sean Doyle. She performed in the Women's Choir, Masterworks Chorus, and most notably, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's production of Hansel and Gretel, under the direction of conductor Ron Speigelman.
While at Fredonia, she was also selected to be a teacher in the Musical Journeys Program, an outreach program funded by the college to work with middle-school students interested in singing. Laura taught a voice class and private lessons, and directed a children's opera based on the story of Snow White at the end of the term. She also taught private lessons to college theater majors interested in developing their voices.
Before embarking on her journey to Boston to acquire her Master's Degree, Laura served as a guest lecturer/recitalist at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York. She also directed Jesus Christ Superstar for Portville High School. Laura traveled to Schlern, Italy in 2006 to perform and compete at the Schlern International Music Festival, where she performed operatic arias and scenes and was a finalist in their Honors Competition.
While at Longy School of Music, Laura enjoyed singing the role of Lisette in La Rondine, as well as many other scenes and excerpts. Other favorite roles she has recently performed are Musetta in La Boheme, the Countess Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, and both Eleanora and Columbina in Inquisitve Women. Laura has sang with the Key West Symphony Young Artists Program, the Crittenden Opera Workshop, and most recently with "Sherrill Milnes and Friends" at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida.
Laura currently serves as the Music Director at Newbury College in Brookline, MA. She conducts and directs a small mixed vocal ensemble and organizes events such as open mic nights, karaoke competitions, and musical improvisation nights. Laura frequently takes her group, the Newbury Voices, to perform at local nursing homes and hospitals.
*** Lesson Details ***
I think lessons should be fun and confidence-building. It is important to me that you leave each lesson excited about the progress you are making, and excited about new challenges that you will undertake. I can promise you that I have many ways to tackle any singular aspect about your singing you may want to improve.
I believe there is no ONE way to learn how to improve your singing. Having had many voice teachers of my own, I have experienced first-hand that not all things work for all people. Each of us has aspects of our singing technique or performance that we naturally do well, and those we need to work on. I believe in enhancing what you can already do well, and finding creative ways to remove the "road blocks" that might prevent you from improving in other areas.
I focus heavily on posture, breathing, and body awareness, as well as strengthening and improving range and tone. I also concentrate on musicianship, characterization, performance techniques, and positive visualization.
*** Studio Equipment ***
home studio...private practice room with electric piano. waiting space for parents if necessary
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in operatic and classical (art song, oratorio) singing