Dr. Laura Elise Eakman
Viola, Violin Teacher
An avid freelance and chamber musician, Laura has performed throughout the United States and internationally. As a chamber musician, Dr. Eakman has collaborated with the assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Michelle Kim, as well as renowned soloist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. She has worked with the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company, regularly plays with the Colorado New Music Ensemble and is a founding member of the Avant Duo, Kylian Quartet and Camus Quartet which toured the Netherlands in 2009. She has served as assistant principal violist with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Lasalle Bank Messiah held at Chicago’s Civic Opera House.
Laura is currently a teaching artist with El Sistema Colorado which serves primarily disadvantaged students in the Denver Area, in addition to her role teaching Music Appreciation courses at Colorado Early Colleges. She has been the primary violin teacher at Lake County Music, the Schaumburg Park District, and Bloomingdale School of Music, in addition to her adjunct faculty position teaching private violin and viola lessons and coaching chamber music at Conant High School and Hoffman Estates High School in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Laura Eakman received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she served as Erika Eckert’s teaching assistant and studied chamber music with members of the Takacs Quartet. Laura received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northern Illinois University in music performance and pedagogy where she studied with Richard Young (viola) and Mathias Tackes (violin) of the Vermeer Quartet. Additionally, she participated in graduate studies at Chicago’s College of Performing Arts where she received instruction from Roger Chase, Robert Chen and other members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Laura’s pedagogy training has included Suzuki registration with Ann Montzka-Smelser as well as classes and workshops with Mimi Zweig of Indiana University and Rebecca Henri of Peabody Conservatory.