Laura Stoutenborough is an active orchestral clarinetist and teacher in the L.A. area. Laura performs frequently with orchestras in Los Angeles, including the L.A. Philharmonic, L.A. Chamber Orchestra, and L.A. Opera. Laura won the Principal Clarinet position of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in 2010, and performed as Principal Clarinet until 2013. Other orchestras Laura has performed with include the Long Beach Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and Arizona Opera.
Passionate about teaching, Laura is currently adjunct clarinet professor at Mt. San Antonio College and Citrus College. She has over fifteen years of teaching experience, and 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, 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. 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, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West.