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Laurel has been studying voice for over 15 years. Originally from San Diego, CA, her studies originated in musical theatre, and since attending Willamette University, have branched out into contemporary pop, jazz, and opera.
Laurel has been the recipient of the Gilbert Clausman Music Scholarship, winner of Willamette’s Concerto & Aria Competition (2016), and winner of the Lower College Women’s Division of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) classical voice competition in the Pacific Northwest (2016). More recently, she has won the Preliminary Youtube Round of the NATS competition in the CalWestern region (2020), as well as the American Spiritual Category of NATS San Diego (2021).
In addition to ensemble performance, Laurel has notable onstage experience in both opera and musical theatre. Previous productions include Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Henry Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe, and Rogers, Barer, Thompson, and Fuller’s Once Upon a Mattress.
Laurel graduated from Willamette U. in May of 2018, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Voice Performance and departmental honors. In Fall of 2021, she began attending Carnegie Mellon University for her Master’s degree in Opera Performance.
In addition to her vocal experience, Laurel holds a mixture of self-taught and formal education in piano, guitar, and ukulele. An adamant advocate of inter-disciplinary musicianship, Laurel maintains a working repertory of both covers and original compositions in a variety of styles and genres. Laurel joined the RiverCity team in 2020 and is currently focusing on administrative work.