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 in 2011. In 2007, she was named the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Professor by the OSU Student Council. She co-founded the OSU String Academy (OSUSA) in 2009 and started the OSUSA Violin Head Start Program in 2011. She is the Director and Founder of the OSU Horizons String Chamber 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, Vice President, and President of the Oklahoma chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). She is currently OK-ASTA's Special Projects and Membership Chair.
An avid chamber musician, she is the second violinist of the Tulsa Rock Quartet. She is a member of Tulsa Camerata, for which she performson both violin and viola. She has served as the principal violinist of the Janus 21 Chamber Ensemble of Boston and performed as part of the Brightmusic Chamber Music Series (Oklahoma City), Mannes Conservatory's annual Beethoven Institute (NYC), Triada Music Festival (Ludlow, VT), and Tulsa Brown Bag-It Recital Series. 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. She is currently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, playing in their viola section; she also performs with the Tulsa Ballet (viola) and the Tulsa Opera (violin). In the past, she has performed with the 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 has presented lectures at the American String Teachers Association National Convention (2007, 2009) and the Maryland Music Educators Association State Convention (2008). Her 2007 ASTA presentation resulted in a feature article in Strings magazine's "Strings 101" column ("From Croak to Croon" compiled by James Reel; October 2007, No. 152). In 2007, Dr. Talbott organized a two-day 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.
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. In 2005, Dr. Talbott organized a three-day workshop at OSU featuring Andover Educator Chairperson, Dr. Amy Likar. Dr. Likar worked with OSU students, members of the Stillwater community, and OU students to increase awareness of the biomechanics of string playing.
Dr. Talbott Clark is a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), Music Educators National Committee (MENC), Oklahoma Music Educators Association (OMEA), and Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society.