Laura Tomlin, violin
Laura Tomlin has been the Director of Orchestras at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, Georgia since 2011. She is also the founder and director of the Carolina Academy of Music in Aiken, South Carolina since 2004. She has been a member of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra since 1987 and is currently assistant concertmaster. In addition she has performed with the Atlanta Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Savannah Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Charleston Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Greenville Symphony, among others, and recorded for various professional studios in Los Angeles and Augusta. She has extensive experience as a chamber musician, including eleven years with the Augusta Symphony String Quartet, three years as artist-in-residence at Georgia Southern University, four years with the Southern Arts Piano Trio, and is currently a founding member of Trio Jardin piano trio. She has participated in music festivals in New York, California, Michigan, North Carolina, Maine, and Europe including the International Music Program and the Bowdoin Music Festival. She has performed in major halls, including Weill Recital Hall in New York City with the Arco Chamber Orchestra and David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City where she was the featured soloist in April 2014 for the premiere of St. George and the Dragon, a new work for violin, piano, and choir by Dr. Timothy Powell and librettist Dr. Charles Anthony Silvestri. She was principal second violin under Leonard Bernstein for the opening of the Roger Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and a member of the string quartet-in-residence for the University of Southern California Segovia Conference. She served as adjunct professor of violin at Augusta University 1994-2016, directed the AU Conservatory Orchestra Camp 1999-2015, and founded the Vivace Orchestra Camp at Davidson in 2016. She is also currently one of the co-directors of the AU Conservatory Chamber Music Intensive for advanced high school students. She directed the Greater Augusta Youth Orchestras and the Aiken Youth Orchestras for many years before taking the position at Davidson. Her students have attended Indiana University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Belmont University, South Carolina Governor’s School, and more, and have gone on to become successful teachers, performers, and composers. In 2001 she was awarded a research grant to attend the International Colourstrings Symposium in Helsinki, Finland. She received a Bachelor of Music from North Carolina School of the Arts, a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Georgia. Her teachers have included Levon Ambartsumian, Alice Schoenfeld, Elaine Richey, Andrew Galos and Henri Tordosi Schwarzenberger.