Clarinetist Laura Stoutenborough received her Doctorate and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California, studying with Yehuda Gilad, and received her Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Burt Hara at the University of Minnesota. Laura has played with orchestras including the New West Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Downey Symphony, , Las Vegas Philharmonic, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival Orchestras. As a concert soloist, Laura’s performance highlights include performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, as well as winning the 2008 concerto competition at the Music Academy of the West. Laura performed the klezmer-inspired piece, Yerusha, as a featured soloist with the Contemporary Music Ensemble at USC. In Los Angeles, Laura has won awards such as first prize in the Sigma Alpha Iota Competition, the Pi Kappa Lambda award, and Outstanding Graduate for the Department of Winds and Percussion at USC. Passionate about teaching, Laura has given clarinet masterclasses at the University of Minnesota and Waldorf College in Iowa. Laura has taught through the Outreach Program at USC, and has been teaching clarinet performance for over ten years.
What music is on your iPod?
I have a bit of everything, including all the pieces we play for the season, plenty of contemporary music, which I love, some klezmer, and musicians like Adele, Chris Thile, and Patrick Watson.
What was your first musical experience as performer or audience member?
I first performed in a piano recital when I was in elementary school, and loved it!
Why did you choose your instrument?
I thought the clarinet somehow fit my personality, and it seemed like a lot of fun. I had tried some string instruments once, at an instrument fair, and had only made horrible sounds.
What is your favorite music to perform? Genre or specific piece
My favorite music to perform would be the Clarinet Quintet by Brahms.
What do you do besides music?
I love hiking, reading, running, baking, canoeing, and camping.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and received my M.M. and D.M.A. from the University of Southern California.
What are your favorite places in Tucson?
I enjoy going to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Café Poca Cosa, and hiking in Sabino Canyon.
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