Dr. Laurel Swinden

Flute Teacher

Laurel Swinden

SAA Member

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Cambridge, ON
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Praised for her “sweet and distinct tone…breathtaking in colour “(Whole Note), flutist Laurel Swinden enjoys a busy schedule as a recitalist, orchestral performer and chamber musician. Dr. Swinden has performed with numerous orchestras across Ontario and in the southern United States. Recent recital presentations include performances at the National Flute Association Convention, Festivales Internacionales des Flautistas (Lima, Peru), Sichuan Conservatory (Chengdu, China), the Canadian Flute Convention, and the Perimeter Institute. Dr. Swinden’s CD Celebrating Women!: Music for Flute and Piano by Women Composers with pianist Stephanie Mara garnered critical acclaim. A second recording of the Celebrating Women Project, featuring works entirely by Canadian women composers is forthcoming.

Laurel is in demand as a clinician, teacher, adjudicator, coach and examiner. Dr. Swinden is the Instructor of Flute at the University of Guelph, Special Instructor of Flute at the University of Windsor, Flute Faculty at the Laurier Conservatory’s Beckett School and is a former faculty member of the Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music, coaching flute ensemble, chamber ensemble, teaching applied flute and instrumental methods classes. She has adjudicated at festivals across Canada and the US, and served as a juror for the Ontario Arts Council and the National Flute Association.

Dr. Swinden has over 25 years of private flute teaching experience, with students ranging from 4 to 84 years of age. Her training in Suzuki Flute, Kindermusik and Orff informs her teaching, especially with her younger students. She has founded and coached community and advanced student flute ensembles bringing flute students together to share their joy for music-making and to provide valuable chamber music performing opportunities for her students. Laurel’s advanced students have successfully auditioned for competitive places in top music programs including New York University, Wilfrid Laurier, McGill, Western, and Acadia Universities. Her students consistently earn top honours at music festivals and in RCM examinations.

Dr. Swinden earned a DMA in Flute Performance as a Fellowship recipient at the University of Toronto, where she studied flute with Nora Schulman and traverso with Alison Melville. Her training includes residencies at the Banff Centre and the Harid Conservatory (now part of Lynn University.) Dr. Swinden gratefully acknowledges support from the Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Federation of University Women, Waterloo Region Arts Council, Tafelmusik, David and Marcia Beach Scholarship fund, and the London Music Scholarship Foundation.

Described as having a “sweet and distinct tone…” breathtaking in colour (Whole Note), Laurel’s recent recital presentations include performances at the National Flute Association Convention, China’s Sichuan Conservatory, the Canadian Flute Convention, and the Perimeter Institute. Equally at home with 18th century through 21st century repertoire, Laurel has premiered contemporary works for flute, and flute with electronics, on concert series throughout the United States, with performances broadcast on NPR. Laurel Swinden holds the chairs of Principal Flute of the Stratford Symphony Orchestra and solo piccolo of the Scarborough Philharmonic. Dr. Swinden has performed with numerous orchestras across Ontario and in the southern United States.

Laurel is an Instructor of Flute at the University of Guelph and is a former faculty member of the Western University’s Don Wright Faculty of Music. Dr. Swinden has taught a private studio of flute students from early ages through adult for over 20 years. She also trained as a Kindermusik educator and Orff Level 1 Instructor, teaching group early childhood and Recorder/Orff classes, as well as private recorder.

Dr. Swinden’s CD, Celebrating Women!: Music for Flute and Piano by Women Composers with pianist Stephanie Mara, assisted by a grant from the Waterloo Region Arts Fund, garnered critical acclaim and is available on CD Baby and iTunes. The Canada Council has generously offered financial support for the second recording of the Celebrating Women Project, featuring works entirely by Canadian women composers.

Dr. Swinden earned a DMA in Flute Performance as a Fellowship recipient at the University of Toronto, where she studied with Nora Schulman and traverso with Alison Melville. Her dissertation explores eighteenth-century Scottish music for flute.