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Laura Scarlata

BA, University of Rochester
MM, San Francisco State University
CA Professional Clear Credential CSU Stanislaus

Flutist Laura Scarlata is an active performer and teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area and Central Valley, CA.  In addition to performing throughout the region with various chamber music ensembles and orchestras, Laura is a founding member of Duo Camaraderie together with pianist Sharon Lee Kim, is a member of the Merced Symphony, performs with Modesto Symphony, Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra (Principal Flute), Symphony of the Redwoods (Principal Flute), St. Helena Chamber Singers, Symphony Napa Valley, Modesto Performing Arts, was recently the flutist in Woodminster Theater and Berkeley Playhouse productions, and has also been on the substitute list of the New World Symphony. She has performed recitals and in concerts in New York, Europe, and locally, and was featured as soloist in a live performance of Saint-Saens’ “Volière” (“Aviary”) in "Carnival of the Animals” on Rochester, New York’s WXXI Classical Public Radio 91.5/90.3 FM. Laura received her undergraduate musical training at the Eastman School of Music, and continued her musical education in Vienna, Austria. After graduating with honors in German and music from the University of Rochester, she went on to earn a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at San Francisco State University, where she studied with Linda Lukas, and was coached weekly by the Alexander String Quartet. Awarded a merit scholarship to attend the Aspen Music Festival in the studio of Mark Sparks, Laura performed in the Aspen Chamber Symphony, Sinfonia, Opera, and Festival Orchestra under several renowned conductors. Laura has been a performing participant in many masterclasses, including those of Julius Baker, Keith Underwood, Liisa Ruoho, Walfrid Kujala, Trevor Wye, Martha Aarons, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Alexa Still, and has studied with Caryl Mae Scott, Anne Lindblom Harrow, Meinhart Niedermeyer, and Linda Lukas, as well as Damien Bursill-Hall, Bonita Boyd, Mark Sparks, and Liisa Ruoho, among others.

A passionate teacher and frequent coach, adjudicator, guest artist, and clinician, Laura is the flute instructor and a chamber music coach on the faculty of the Crowden Music Center, as well as at the Oakland School for the Arts. Laura enjoys teaching and coaching students of all ages, and teaches traditional and Suzuki Method flute lessons both in Berkeley, as well as at her home studio in the Richmond/El Sobrante area.


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