LAUREL BUTLER LAWSHAE
Laurel Butler Lawshae has a dual career as performer and educator. She performs with the San Antonio Symphony (TX), Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra (TX) and Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra (OH). In the summer she plays in the Bellingham Music Festival (WA), an invitation-only orchestra of professional orchestra players from all over the US and Canada. In addition to orchestral playing, Dr. Lawshae is an accomplished soloist. She performs frequently in the US and Europe, most recently playing solo recitals in Poland.
Dr. Lawshae currently teaches private violin and viola lessons in the public schools in the Round Rock Independent School District (TX). She also has a private studio in her home. From 1997-2003 she was on the faculty of The Ohio State University School of Music where she taught private violin and viola lessons, coached chamber music ensembles and performed in faculty chamber music ensembles. Dr. Lawshae was also on the faculty of Denison University School of Music (OH) from 2002-2004.
Dr. Lawshae's academic training encompassed many schools, starting at Oberlin College and Conservatory (Bachelor's degree), Wichita State University (Masters Degree), the University of Michigan (Doctoral degree) and the Eastman School of Music (advanced string quartet studies).
For 6 years she was a member of the Rackham String Quartet, which formed at the University of Michigan. The quartet held numerous residencies across the US, won many national chamber music competitions and performed concerts in the US and abroad. After hearing the quartet's performance at the Portsmouth International String Quartet Competition, the Strad magazine deemed the quartet "a force to be reckoned with".
Laurel's repertoire is diverse, ranging from Baroque to contemporary Classical music. She applies her classical training in violin and viola in assuming responsibility for performing solos and overdubbing with sampled stringed instruments from the renowned Vienna Symphony Library Samples. Her contributions as a consultant and as a virtuoso performer are an integral part of this work.
We welcome Laurel's spirit as well as her skill, and are hardly surprised that several works envisioned with her in mind proved more fully developed and expressed than was anticipated in composition. View Dr. Butler's CV Here.