CONCERT ORCHESTRA TEACHING ASSISTANT
Originally from Maryland, Laura Yawney holds a Master’s degree in Oboe Performance from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Delaware where she was also a Presser Scholar. During her undergraduate studies, Laura was a featured soloist with the Newark Symphony Orchestra and the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In Philadelphia, Laura performed with ensembles such as the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Endless Mountain Music Festival, and Reláche, a chamber ensemble specializing in new music. An avid chamber musician, Laura was a member of the state-recognized Nota Bene Winds and the Con Pepe Trio at the University of Delaware as well as the New School Quintet, the premier wind quintet at Temple University. Her primary teachers are Peter Smith, Jeffrey O’Donnell, and Barbara Girdler. Laura spent recent summers studying at Eastern Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute, and she is currently a fellow with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Laura is also a co-founder of Classical Musicians’ Roundtable, an organization that advocates for mental health support in the classical music community.