Laura Yawney - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

Laura Yawney

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. She was also a Teaching Assistant in music theory and aural skills at the University of Delaware.

In Philadelphia, Laura performed with ensembles such as the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Endless Mountain Music Festival, Wayne Oratorio Society, and Reláche, a chamber ensemble specializing in new music. She was also a music theory instructor, private oboe teacher, and assistant to the wind ensemble director at Temple University’s Community Music Scholars Program.

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 an alumni of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and Fellowship. She is currently principal oboe at the Endless Mountain Music Festival in northern Pennsylvania.

What is your favorite piece to play or conduct?

Startin’ Sumthin’ by Jeff Scott! It’s a wind quintet inspired by Bebop jazz, and it is a whirlwind to play.

What is your favorite musical memory from when you were young?

Jazz band in 6th grade. I played the bari saxophone and it was as tall as I was, I thought it was so cool!

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