A vibrant musician and innovative educator, Laura Talbott Clark is a violinist and violist equally dedicated to performing and teaching. Currently, Laura serves as Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at Oklahoma State University, where she was awarded the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for excellence in the performing arts and named the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Professor by the OSU Student Council. Dedicated to community engagement and music education, she co-founded the OSU String Academy (OSUSA) and was formerly the Director and Founder of the OSU Horizons String Chamber Music Camp and the OSU High School Summer Music Camp. Laura has held teaching positions at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts String Camp, Meadowmount School of Music, Indian Hill Music Center, Bands and Orchestras of America Summer Symposium, Triada Music Festival, and Boston University. She has served as a Member-at-Large, Special Projects Chair, Vice President, and President of the Oklahoma chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).
An avid chamber musician, she is a member of Tulsa Camerata, for which she performs on both violin and viola. She has served as second violinist of the Tulsa Rock Quartet, as the principal violinist of the Janus 21 Chamber Ensemble (Boston) and performed as part of the Brightmusic Chamber Music Series (Oklahoma City), Mannes Conservatory's annual Beethoven Institute (NYC), and Triada Music Festival (Ludlow, VT). Formerly, she was the Artistic Director of the Frontiers New Music Ensemble, an ensemble she co-founded. She has appeared as a recitalist throughout the United States.
Laura has an extensive background as an orchestral musician. In the past, she has performed with the Tulsa Symphony (viola), Tulsa Ballet (viola/violin), Tulsa Opera (violin), New Hampshire Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Boston Virtuosi, Ann Arbor Symphony, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Cantata Singers Chamber Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Laura received her doctorate in string performance from Boston University. She holds additional degrees from Vanderbilt University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M.). Her principal teachers have included Peter Zazofsky, Paul Kantor, Christian Teal, and John Kochanowski. Laura has spent summers at Interlochen, Meadowmount, Tanglewood, Oberlin Baroque Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival, where she was a fellowship student.
Equally interested in the scholarly aspects of performance, music education and the creative process, Dr. Talbott Clark has presented lectures at the American String Teachers Association National Convention, the Maryland Music Educators Association State Convention, and the Texas Music Educators Association State Convention. One of her ASTA presentations resulted in a featured article in Strings magazine's "Strings 101" column. Committed to empowering artists of all mediums, in 2007 Dr. Talbott Clark organized a community seminar featuring San Francisco-based creativity coach and author, Dr. Eric Maisel. The workshop, entitled "Coaching the Artist Within," attracted artists from all disciplines and provided them with ways to connect more deeply to their art. Dr. Talbott Clark's current research interests involve the intersection between mindfulness and creativity, as well as how mindfulness techniques can be applied to the studio teaching environment.
Initially triggered by her own experiences with over-use injuries, Dr. Talbott is actively involved in educating OSU and Oklahoma string students about the biomechanics of playing the violin/viola and over-use injury prevention and rehabilitation. She has participated in the Ithaca College Healthy Musician Symposium and is working toward certification as an Andover Educator.