Here is an interview with Laura in 2020:
What instruments do you play?
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Piano, various saxophones
How long have you played these instruments?
I started clarinet when I was in 6th grade and piano when I was in 2nd grade, so 18 years for clarinet and 22 for piano.
How long have you been a Wilmington Symphony Orchestra musician?
I have been a member of the WSO for 5 years now.
What do you do for a career?
I am a freelance musician playing mostly in the pit orchestra for musicals at Thalian Hall and teaching private clarinet lessons, but I am also a church secretary.
Where did you grow up?
Right here in Wilmington!
What is your favorite song, artist, and/or musical memory?
This is a tough one! I love the feeling of being a part of a symphony and am especially fond of Tchaikovsky, but I have a hard time picking a specific performance. I also really love playing as part of a pit orchestra for musicals, one of my favorite experiences being “Cabaret” while I was a student at ECU. A favorite current artist of mine would probably be the Avett Brothers, but this changes frequently!
Favorite meal or restaurant?
I'll never pass up a good steak!
Sprite, unless a chocolate milkshake counts?
What is your favorite vacation?
Probably the cruise my husband and I went on for our honeymoon! We stopped at ports in Mexico, Belize, and Honduras - the food was great and the scenery was beautiful! I'd really love to take a trip to some of the national parks out west, though. I have been to a couple but I was young and I would enjoy them more now.
You're stuck on a desert island... What book, music/album/artist, and/or movie do you want with you??
So many! But I would probably go with the Harry Potter series (books) - I still enjoy them no matter how many times I've read them.
What's your pet situation?
I have a beagle/Australian shepherd mix named Bo! He is the cutest dog and loves to sing along with me when I practice, much to the dismay of my husband...
What do you want people to know about the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra?
It is a great group of talented musicians and I am looking forward to the day when we get to perform together again!
How are you keeping yourself occupied while being at home all day?
Thankfully I have not been stuck at home during the pandemic so I have been keeping myself busy with work for the most part!
Any words of wisdom to help others through this?
Please be kind to each other!
Christine Maynard, Concertmaster
Mary Jo White