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Laura Kellogg teaches applied flute, woodwind methods, flute choir, and chamber music at North Dakota State University. She also teaches applied flute and woodwind methods at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Laura is the Executive Director of the Fargo Moorhead Area Youth Symphonies (FMAYS) and the Director of the NDSU Music Academy, a non-degree organization that provides high quality music education to students from age four years through adult.
Laura graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation contains the first extended biography of composer and professor emeritus, Moonyeen Albrecht, as well as a performance guide to Albrecht's Four Psalms for Flute and Organ. Furthermore, she discusses the performance challenges that flute and organ duos face.
A lover of operetta and musical theater works, she has played six seasons with the Ohio Light Opera in Wooster, Ohio. Other opera pit experience includes performances with the Fargo Moorhead Opera, NDSU Theater, Cimarron Opera, Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra, and opera productions at the University of Oklahoma and Wright State University. She has played flute and piccolo in the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra (ND), Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN), South Bend Symphony Orchestra (IN), Fort Smith Symphony (AR), Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (MI), Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Salomon Chamber Orchestra (IN). She enjoys playing for churches and has played special services with the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City and was previously a regular performer for the Bethel Baptist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Interested in exploring other instruments, Laura played alto and sopranino recorders in the early music ensemble Collegium Musicum and also studied Native American flute at the University of Oklahoma.
Active in the flute community, Laura is a board member and the Competitions Coordinator of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association (SEMFA). www.semfa.org
Laura was granted graduate teaching assistantships at both the University of Oklahoma for her doctorate and Wright State University for her master's degree. At OU, her duties included teaching two sections of Understanding Music, a music appreciation course for non-music majors. In the Spring of 2013, in addition to teaching Understanding Music, Laura was a co-sabbatical replacement for Valerie Watts, Professor of Flute. Laura taught lessons to a portion of the flute majors and taught the flute studio class. Throughout her degree at Wright State, she was the teaching assistant for freshman and sophomore levels of ear training and sight singing, music history, the band area, and recital management. She also taught Fundamentals of Music, a music theory course for non-music majors.
Participating in various competitions, Laura was a winner in the Wright State University concerto competition, performing Martin's Ballade and was a finalist in the honor's recital, performing Higdon's rapid.fire. At Wright State, Laura won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the WSU Bands Clark Haines Most Outstanding Musician Award.
Actively pursuing music festivals during the summers, Laura attended the Chautauqua Music Festival in New York two times, receiving scholarships to attend. Laura has performed in masterclasses for Walfrid Kujala, Gary Schocker, Marianne Gedigian, and David Buck.
Laura's teachers include Richard Sherman, Christopher Chaffee, Valerie Watts, Amanda Blaikie, and Jeff Zook. Additionally, she took lessons and orchestral coaching over several summers with Detroit Symphony Orchestra flutist Sharon Sparrow. Her middle school and high school teachers were Emil Sutt and Amy Moran.
Laura began playing the flute when she was ten years old. When initially trying out band instruments, she wanted to play clarinet because her older sister did. Being advised against playing the clarinet to avoid comparing herself to her sister, Laura had to choose a different instrument. Unable to make a buzzing sound required for brass players, that instrument group was out as well. Laura was given the flute to play, although she also couldn't make a sound on it...she's figured it out now. :)
BM-Michigan State University
MM-Wright State University
DMA-The University of Oklahoma