Laura Spence

Jazz                       Gospel                      Contemporary Classical

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.

Management

Singer, Steve McCoy and Sacrifice, Utrecht Music, Tavon Peal (DMV Metro Area) 2013

Performer and teacher, 21st Century Music Solutions (Massachusetts) Summer 2012


Ensembles

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


Other Performance Venues


Music Festivals

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