Laura Stoutenborough is a freelance musician and clarinet teacher in Los Angeles. Laura performs frequently with orchestras in Los Angeles, including the L.A. Philharmonic, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and the L.A. Opera. Laura performed as guest Second Clarinet for the L.A. Opera for the 2017-2018 season. Upon completing her doctoral degree in clarinet performance at the University of Southern California, Laura won the Principal Clarinet position of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and she performed in that position until 2013. She has also performed with the Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Pasadena Opera, and the Arizona Opera.
Passionate about teaching, Laura is currently adjunct clarinet professor at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA, and she teaches at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. She previously taught as adjunct clarinet professor at Citrus College. Former students have been accepted as music majors to the University of Michigan, University of Arizona, University of Denver, and California State University, Fullerton. She has given clarinet masterclasses as a guest artist for the Tucson Symphony, at the University of Minnesota, and at Waldorf College. Some of her students’ recent achievements include earning positions in California’s All-Southern and All-State Honors ensembles, Pasadena Youth Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra.
As a concert soloist, Laura’s performance highlights include performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, soloing with the USC Contemporary Music Ensemble for the klezmer-inspired piece, Yerusha, and performing Copland’s Clarinet Concerto at the Music Academy of the West. An active chamber musician as well, Laura is also a member of Third Wheel, a woodwind trio that performs eclectic repertoire across Southern California.
Laura received her Doctoral and Master of Music degrees from the University of Southern California, studying with Yehuda Gilad, and received her Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Burt Hara at the University of Minnesota. She received significant orchestral training from the Aspen Music Festival, studying with Joaquin Valdepeñas and Bil Jackson; the National Repertory Orchestra; and the Music Academy of the West, studying with Richie Hawley.