Laura has studied guitar since childhood. Born into a family of hard working musicians and artists, she was nurtured and surrounded by several genres and generations of music and the arts. Her earliest association with the instrument came as a result of her professional jazz musician father teaching her basic chords on her Grandpa’s old guitar, laying it flat across her lap as she was too small to hold it in the traditional upright position. From there she taught herself to read music, melded her style with classical technique and performed primarily as a singer/songwriter, contemporary worship leader and street theatre musician. Laura has studied under several notable teachers, the most recent and influential being the internationally renowned Maestro Ricardo Iznaola. She attended the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and has performed in various master classes taught by Ricardo Iznaola, Gilbert Biberian, Jorge Morel, John Holmquist, Javier Calderon, and others.
Laura’s passion is playing in mixed ensembles, arranging/composing pieces that utilize unusual instrumentation and introducing others to the varied application of classical guitar in music. Her CD, unexpected, was partially funded by a grant from a local arts group, the Boulder County Arts Alliance. It contains original and solo works for both classical and 12-string acoustic guitar with a few duo pieces featuring her partner Thereza Zacek Stephan on violin and mandolin.
While on tour during her on-the-road-between-homes journey, she met up with local musicians forming a variety of performing ensembles. Duo Dolce was an umbrella name for these groups whose partners changed with the locale and instrumentation. One of her favorite partners was Alison Reynolds of La Cella Bella in Las Cruces, NM.
Laura has performed in widely diverse settings as soloist as well as in ensemble in various venues such as the Breckenridge Music Festival, the Denver Art Museum and Swallow Hill in Denver; the Rio Grande Theatre in Las Cruces, NM; and numerous library/community concert series throughout the Southwest and Michiana.
Along with regular performances, Laura writes music reviews and has written several guitar related articles that have been published in The Mandolin Journal and the GFA Soundboard.