Biography

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Ms. Thompson performs throughout the New York area on both modern and historical flutes. A busy orchestral and chamber musician, she enjoys playing a variety of different styles of music, and is currently studying psychology and music therapy, and jazz and folk styles at SUNY New Paltz. 


She is the recipient of several grants from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for chamber music performances, as well as the Northern Manhattan Arts Association for her recording of early American flute music. Radio performances include a live presentation and interview on WHRB, the Harvard University radio station, prior to her baroque flute debut at the Boston Early Music Festival.


Orchestral and chamber music appearances include the Schiller Institute Orchestra, the Westchester Philharmonic, Mid-Atlantic Opera, The Green Mountain Opera Festival, The New York Chamber Players, The Garden State Philharmonic, NJCU Orchestra, The Grand Tour Orchestra, The Strathmere Festival Orchestra, Lyric Opera of New York, Opera Ozarks, Di Capo Opera, New Opera Festival di Roma, and Amato Opera, Laura can also been heard playing renaissance flutes in the opera productions of the New York Continuo Collective. The Zephyr Trio, Mondonville Baroque, The Ouluska Pass Chamber Music Ensemble, and Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble.
 

Laura teaches at Brooklyn College at the preparatory center for the performing arts and maintains a private studio in Manhattan. She was a Young Artist and Teacher at the Manchester Music Festival, and Assistant Mentor of Flute at the Rockland Summer Institute. Other former teaching positions include flute faculty at the Thurnauer School of Music, the Amati Conservatory, and the Rhoda Grundman Music School. 


She received her M.M., and B.M., from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. Her teachers were Samuel Baron and Keith Underwood, and she went on the study baroque flute with Jed Wentz in Amsterdam. She is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas through book 7 of the Suzuki Flute method training with Toshio Takahashi and Rebecca Paluzzi.