Laura Pillman is an experienced orchestral, solo, and chamber musician who has performed in Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Maine, Michigan, and Eastern Europe. She currently resides in Denton, TX, where she is completing her DMA degree with Dr. Mary Karen Clardy at the University of North Texas, where Ms. Pillman is a Teaching Fellow for the flute studio. She is one of the principal flutes of the school’s symphony orchestra, and is a frequent contributing performer on many recitals. She was awarded a scholarship to attend the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians in the summer of 2015. She has performed with the Longview Symphony Orchestra and Odysseus Chamber Orchestra.
As the winner of the 2016 Coeur D’Alene Young Artists Competition, Ms. Pillman performed the Ibert Flute Concerto with the Coeur D’Alene Symphony on March 11 and 12, 2016. She most recently was invited to perform in the 16th Gheorge Dima International Music Competiton in Cluj, Romania, in July 2017.
Ms. Pillman has extensive chamber music experience, including wind quintet, flute choir, chamber winds, chamber orchestra, and duos with all instruments. At UNT, she was awarded the Teaching Fellowship for Chamber Music Studies for the 2015-2018 academic years. She works with undergraduate wind students, placing them into performing groups, and coaches them to prepare them for two concerts each semester. At Baldwin-Wallace, her wind quintet won the Ovation award in 2012, with a performance of Nielsen’s Wind Quintet. Ms. Pillman was recently invited to join Boston-based flute quintet In Radiance as a permanent member, after their performance at the 2017 National Flute Association convention and subsequent concert tour in Minneapolis.
One of her dreams is to start a touring chamber ensemble: commissioning new works, performing both traditional and educational concerts around the world. She travels to Denmark in the summer to study at the Royal Conservatory with Professor Toke Lund Christiansen, and her hope is to return to Denmark in the future for a full year of study.
Ms. Pillman also enjoys performing contemporary music and electronic music. She collaborated closely with composer Tim Harenda to create Pathogen, a work written for Ms. Pillman and piano. She was a featured performer at the 41st International Computer Music Conference in September 2015, the UNT NOVA ensemble in April 2015, and at the LaTEX Festival in November 2014. She enjoys collaborating with composers and electronic musicians. She will be premiering a work written especially for her in early 2016. At Bowling Green State University, she was an active member of the BGSU New Music Ensemble, At Baldwin-Wallace, she performed with the contemporary music ensemble I(a, of which she was also a member of the executive board.
Ms. Pillman maintains an active teaching studio of middle school/high school students the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, and also serves as an adjudicator for solo competitions.
Ms. Laura Pillman received her MM in Flute Performance from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), studying with Dr. Conor Nelson. She received her BM from BM in Flute Performance from Baldwin-Wallace University (Ohio), studying with George Pope.
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