Laura Duggan is currently a Masters of Music student at Depaul University majoring in violin performance. She is studying under Dr. Ann Setzer, and teaches her own studio of violin and piano students in Chicago. Additionally, she graduated in 2019 cum laude from Lawrence University with a Bachelors of Music degree in violin performance, under the tutelage of Dr. Wen-lei Gu. During her time at Lawrence, Laura served as the concertmaster of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, and performed in numerous chamber events and recitals. Laura was able to study violin in Milan, Italy during her Junior year through IES abroad and the Scuola Civica music program. During her time there she studied the Italian language, performed in many concerts around Milan, and studied with the Italian violinist, Francesco Borali. Laura has attended music festivals domestically and internationally, which included the fellowship position at the Marrowstone Music Festival, and scholarship position at Domaine Forget. Laura also enjoys playing violin in a less classical setting, and has been seen playing with bands in venues around her home town such as the Triple Door in Seattle. As a teacher, Laura believes music is a right for all people, and hopes to foster an inclusive environment in her studio. With an early focus on ear training, music theory, and Alexander Technique, Laura creates a well rounded and healthy musician from the very first lesson.
"If I could play any instrument in the world, I would play the cello. Growing up my older brother played the cello, and I always felt sorry for him he picked such an “ugly” instrument. I’ve changed my ways! I would love to play such a warm and powerful sounding string instrument. They get some of the best melodies in orchestral music."