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Laurie Baefsky, Advisor Board Emeritus

Laurie’s interest in piccolo goes back to her high school marching band days, where early on, she realized the futility of being heard on flute during football home game half-time shows.  Another perk of playing a small instrument included being able to protect it from inclement weather when parades got rained out, by storing the piccolo in her shako.  Her training on piccolo started back in Los Angeles, where she studied for many years on full scholarship with Miles Zentner, former Principal Piccolo with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Later studies included working with Walfrid Kujala, former reknowned Principal Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony, and the late Geoffrey Gilbert.

Longtime member of the Hampton Roads’ musical community, Laurie Baefsky has been playing piccolo and flute with the Virginia Symphony and Virginia Opera Orchestra since 1989.  Prior to moving to Hampton Roads, Laurie served as Co-Principal Flute with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, FL, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.  Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Laurie received her Bachelor of Music degree from California State University, Fullerton and her Masters of Music from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as a student of Leone Buyse.

During her tenure with
The Virginia Symphony, she has been a featured soloist with the orchestra on both piccolo and flute, and can be heard on the numerous recordings issued by the Virginia Symphony.  Laurie has been an integral part of Hampton Road’s chamber music community, having performed with the Virginia Chorale, Norfolk Chamber Consort, and Virginia Chamber Players, as well as playing multiple Familiar Faces solo and chamber recitals at Virginia Wesleyan College.  With a keen interest in collaboration and diverse musical genres, over the years Laurie helped co-found Banquet of Musik, dedicated period instrument performance; Siren, a mixed instrumentation improvisational ensemble; and the “forgettable” Yarmouth Street Multicultural Celtic Band.  Her solo work can be heard (and seen) on the soon-to-be-released (April 2005) CD and DVD, Geenyoch, featuring the music and commissioned flute sonata of Dr. Jennifer Margaret Barker.

As an educator, Laurie served for many years on the faculties of Christopher Newport University, Virginia Wesleyan College, and the Governor’s School for the Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts, in residence at University of Richmond.  Currently, she balances her creative energies between her commitments with the Virginia Symphony and heading up the Education Department at the Virginia Arts Festival.  As Education Director, Laurie has created and implemented residencies for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Guthrie Theater, Mark Morris Dance Group, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, to name a few.


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