For thirty years, Laura has enjoyed a international performing and teaching career as a concert flutist that has taken from the Yukon to New Zealand. Since her solo debut with the Boston Symphony, at age 17, performance highlights have included appearances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, and Kennedy Centre, as well as collaborations with the Minnesota, Vancouver, and Phoenix Symphonies. With a doctorate from McGill, she also formerly served on the music faculties of the Universities of Oregon, Wisconsin and Northern Arizona.
In 2010, with the intention to deepen her commitment to Art for Social Change, Laura founded the Vancouver-based non-profit, Instruments of Change, which leads numerous arts-based community development initiatives. Their longest running program is Women Rock, which offers rock music and songwriting instruction to women in prison and in marginalized communities. National CBC radio also recently aired a 17-minute documentary following their project Voice to Voice, a collaboration between Downtown Eastside poets and UBC classical composers. And now they have begun to take their work abroad. This has allowed Laura to travel throughout South African townships to study at-risk youth marimba programs, a consequence of which has been their new program, Stick Together, offered at the Burnaby Youth Detention Centre. Laura has also traveled to India, Nepal, and soon Columbia, to offer songwriting and interdisciplinary art projects that allow Canadian youth to collaborate with students abroad. These global projects focus on a variety of social issues through arts engagement, and use trash to make instruments, puppets and costumes for the students’ created narratives. Also based on a ‘repurposing’ theme, Laura’s latest and most ambitious endeavor, the Binners Symphony, will bring together Vancouver’s binners (our city’s most valuable and visible recyclers), members of the general public, and professional musicians to perform a large-scale, found-object, community music percussion piece, to be premiered at Vancouver's 2017 World New Music Days.
Laura’s additional collaborative facilitation work brings her into several BC schools, leading cross-curricular Artist in the Classroom projects for ArtStarts, for the Vancouver Biennale’s Big Ideas program, and as a Vancouver Opera Music Champion. Also a writer and interdisciplinary artist, Laura frequently collaborates with the interdisciplinary artist team, Something Collective; tours with her original musical theater piece and arts advocacy fairy tale, Captain Creative; and is working on a new collection of short stories.