Laura Harrison



Laura Harrison (b. 1987) is a composer whose works explore unique timbres and extended techniques within the context of traditional performance practices. Her music is characterized by rhythmic drive, lyrical melodies, and emotional  intensity. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Piano Performance from Wheaton College in 2012, and a Master of Music in Composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati in 2014. Laura is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at CCM, where she teaches orchestration and composition. Her teachers have included Michael Fiday, Douglas Knehans, Miguel Roig-Francolí, Joel Hoffman, Mara Helmuth, Howard Whitaker, David Gordon, Shawn Okpebholo, and John Parcell. She has attended and participated in symposiums and reading sessions with such prominent composers and performers as Jennifer Higdon, John Adams, Robert Carl, Missy Mazzoli, Eighth Blackbird, Molly Barth, the LP Duo, and JACK Quartet. She has presented her music in masterclasses with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner, and Caroline Shaw. She has twice been awarded the Schuster Scholarship for outstanding music students. Her piece, Thoughts on a Star won the Wheaton College Alumni Composition Competition. In 2012, she was awarded the Josephine Halversen Memorial Composition Prize. She has also been a finalist in the BMI Student Composer Awards (2014) and the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Competition (2014 and 2015.)  In 2014, she was commissioned to write a violin solo for a recording project for violinist Jeany Hseih. She recently finished a commission for guitar trio for Cincinnati Soundbox which will premiere in fall 2016, as well as a piano solo for pianist Kristofer Rucinski. Laura is also an active performer and is the pianist for the Cincinnati-based new music ensemble HK-4.