Laura made her television debut singing solo at the age of six shortly after beginning voice lessons with Czech opera singer, Zdena Adamová Klapka, with whom she studied for nine years before falling in love with jazz. The youngest member to have been a part of the East Coast chapter of the Society of Singers, Laura has settled into her niche in the jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music communities in the Baltimore area, specializing in music both with and without words. Currently she studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.
She sings with award-winning gospel group Steve McCoy and Sacrifice. After taking home awards at the DMV Christian Music Awards presented by 3HP Nation Records and taking first place at both the AllState Gospel SuperFest 2013 and BandOff VA 2013, they are currently working on putting out albums. As a soloist, Laura has performed in the Washington Women in Jazz Festival in both 2014 and 2012, and in the Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Festival in 2011.
Some of Laura's notable performances in the past five years were at Carnegie Hall in New York City, HR-57 in Washington DC, The Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD, The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD, and The NH Capitol Building in Concord, NH, and on PBS.
She is known for directing her own hand-selected a cappella groups since 2009 in Southern NH and Massachusetts that perform her own arrangements and compositions---the reason school faculty members and students requested that she direct the choir at her high school graduation.
Laura got her start mainly singing show tunes in musical theatre productions at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, the Peacock Players in Nashua, NH, and other local theaters. Some of her favorite roles included Belle in Beauty in the Beast and Forbidden Broadway, Jasmine in Aladdin, Young Cosette and (years later) Eponine in Les Misérables, and Kim McAfee in Bye Bye Birdie.
While attending the New England Conservatory Preparatory School, from where she received a level three certificate in jazz with honors, she studied under pianist Dave Zoffer and instru-vocalist, Bob Stoloff. During that time, Laura was the youngest member to ever be a part of the Nashua Symphony Chorus under the direction of Diane Cushing and Jonathan McPhee, and the youngest member to participate in Batraxoi's oratorio of Yona, directed by Mark Latham, featuring Jayne West (Soprano) and Robert Honeysucker (Baritone). She also participated in New Hampshire Jazz and Classical All-State festivals and received various music awards from her high school.
Singer, Steve McCoy and Sacrifice, Utrecht Music, Tavon Peal (DMV Metro Area) 2013
Performer and teacher, 21st Century Music Solutions (Massachusetts) Summer 2012
Alto, Soprano - Peabody Renaissance Ensemble January 2016-present
Flutist, Vocalist, Arranger - Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble Spring 2013-Fall 2014
Vocalist, Flutist, Arranger - Peabody Jazz Orchestra (& Combo) Fall 2011-Spring 2014
Vocalist - Steve McCoy and Sacrifice (Manager: Tavon Peal, Utrecht Music) 2013
Vocalist - Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble 2012-2013
Soprano 1 - Nashua Symphony Chorus 2009-2010
Vocalist - Gary Fieldman's NEC Prep Ensemble 2010-2011
Vocalist - Brooke Sofferman's NEC Prep Ensemble 2010
Director, Composer, Arranger, Vocalist - Forte (Fermata Nowhere) a Capella group 2008-2011
Director, Composer, Arranger - Hollis Chamber Choir 2010-2011
Vocalist (all parts), Accompanist - Hollis/Brookline High School Honors Choir and Jazz Choir 2008-2011
Vocalist, Pianist, Flutist - Hollis/Brookline High School Honors Jazz Band, Jazz Band, and Concert Band 2008-2011
Piano Accompanist - Hollis/Brookline High School Concert Choir 2010-2011
Honors and Awards
Composer - Baltimore, MD - Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Composer Reading 2017
Finalist - Washington D.C. - Washington Women in Jazz Festival Competition 2014
1st Place - Manassas, VA - Steve McCoy and Sacrifice in VA BandOff 2013
Top 5 Finalist - Washington D.C. - Washington Women in Jazz Festival Young Artist Concert 2012
Top 10 Finalist - Clarinda, IA - Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Foundation Competition 2011
Young Woman (Soprano) - Mason, NH - Chamber Opera Premiere “Yona” (Robert Griffin) 2011
NH Jazz and Classical All-State Choirs *Honors 2008-2011
Hollis Brookline High School Choral Awards 2008-2011
Hollis Brookline High School Women’s Choir Awards 2008-2010
East Coast Chapter Society of Singers 2005-2008
Major Concert Venues
An Die Musik Baltimore, MD
Bill's Place, New York, NY
Carnegie Hall: Isaac Stern Auditorium/Ronald O. Perelman Stage New York, NY
Colgate University: Dana Arts Center Hamilton, NY
HR-57 Washington D.C.
The Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Baltimore, MD
Keene State College Keene, NH
The Lyric Opera House Baltimore, MD
The New England Conservatory Boston, MA
The NH Capitol Center for the Arts Concord, NH
The NH State House, Capitol Building Concord, NH
The Palace Theatre Manchester, NH
The Peabody Conservatory Baltimore, MD
Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH
The Purple Pit Jazz Club Concord, NH
Washington Women in Jazz Festival Washington D.C. 2012, 2014
NH Jazz & Classical All-State Festivals New Hampshire 2009-2011
Glenn Miller Festival Clarinda, IA 2011
Tritown Area Music Festival Hollis, NH 2010
Souhegan Jazz Festival Amherst, NH 2010
Herritage Festival Philadelphia, PA 2009
NHMEA Solo Ensemble Festival Keene, NH 2009