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Laura Cásarez

Assistant Principal Violin II

Originally from Houston, TX, Laura Cásarez moved to Tucson in 2017 and joined the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2019. She currently holds the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin and is also a member of the TSO String Quintet. In addition to these roles, Laura performs with other local ensembles such as True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, and Borderlands Ensemble. She is also featured frequently on chamber music programs with the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts in Patagonia, Arizona.

Prior to joining the TSO, Laura graduated with her Master’s degree at The University of Arizona, where she was a member of the award-winning Graduate String Quartet, Quartet Lyrique. She previously completed her Bachelor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, graduating with an award for “Distinction in Research and Creative Works.”

In addition to her performance schedule, Laura runs a private teaching studio, works as a chamber music coach for Tucson Adult Chamber Players with Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, and serves as an assistant librarian for the TSO Music Library.

What's your earliest musical memory?

“I’m the youngest of three, so my older siblings were already taking music lessons before I was allowed to begin. I remember trying to imitate them and copy the sounds they were making on the piano, even though I had no idea what I was doing!”

Who are your musical heroes?

“Hilary Hahn has been my musical idol for as long as I can remember! It was a thrill to meet and perform with her last season.”

What's your favorite thing about Tucson?

“All of the incredible people I’ve met here! It didn’t take long for Tucson to feel like home because of them. Also, the glorious sunsets.”