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Laura Schwartz is a composer and horn player who grew up in Southern California. She attended the University of California, Davis (B.A. in Music 2013) where she studied primarily with Laurie San Martin, Sam Nichols, and Ross Bauer. Laura is interested in action-based music that explores visual movement as a foundation element of the compositional process.

In 2014, her piece Disjunct was performed during the Oregon Bach Festival Composer’s Symposium. Recent collaborations include Fictions I-III with flutist Sarah Pyle and animator Shayna Schwartz. In 2014-2015 she won the first ISU Large Ensemble Contest for her piece Fictions IV which will be premiered by the ISU Wind Symphony in their 2015 season. She is finishing her Master’s degree in Music Composition from Illinois State University. She studies with Martha Horst and Roy Magnuson. Laura lives in Bloomington, Illinois with her fraternal twin sister.