Oboist and English hornist Laura Arganbright recently completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts in oboe performance at the University of Southern California. Previously, Laura was the graduate teaching assistant at Arizona State University, where she completed her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. A native of Arizona, Laura moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and has performed with ensembles such as the USC Thornton orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the American Youth Symphony, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the YMF Debut Orchestra, the Center Stage Opera company, and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her performance activities, Laura has a growing studio of private oboe students, maintains an online handmade reed company, and handles business for her self-published piano reduction of Marco Yano's 1991 oboe concerto, commissioned by and written for Alex Klein, the arrangement of which Laura premiered in 2016.
Laura Arganbright is the principal oboist for the American Youth Symphony and the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, chairs she won in 2017. Since moving to Los Angeles in August of 2014, Laura has performed with ensembles throughout southern California, including the USC Thornton Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Sinfonietta, Opera NEO summer festival, and the Center Stage Opera company. Laura played 2nd oboe with AYS prior to earning the principal chair, and, until aging out, played 2nd oboe and English horn with the Debut Chamber Orchestra of the Young Musician's Foundation. Read about Laura's upcoming performances and activities on the Events page.
In 2018, Laura completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in oboe performance at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. She was awarded the Brandon Mehrle Service Award in recognition of individuals who have shown extraordinary support of the USC Thornton School of Music through a commitment of energy and professional expertise. While at USC, she led reed making workshops and established the annual Oboe Cleaning Day for students to learn instrument care and maintenance. Laura's academic studies were focused in Music Teaching and Learning, with additional emphasis in Baroque Oboe and Arranging. She studied oboe with Marion Kuszyk and Joel Timm and baroque oboe with Lot Demeyer. Previously, Laura was the graduate teaching assistant at Arizona State University, where she completed her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees under the tutelage of Martin Schuring.
A love for teaching brought Laura to the Thornton Community Engagement Program, an organization that recognized her for outstanding performance, leadership, and commitment to the community in 2016 and 2018. In addition to training and advising new mentors, Laura coached flute and oboe sectionals at Foshay Learning Center and instructed introductory music classes such as Music All Around, Jazz in the Classroom, and Meet the Instruments at various elementary schools around Los Angeles. In 2018, Laura joined The Harmony Project as a Teaching Artist, instructing Oboe Sectionals and Musicianship classes in traditionally underserved communities.
Laura enjoys teaching oboists of all levels and is currently accepting new private students in the Los Angeles area. She believes strongly in providing students as well as professional performers with high-quality handmade oboe reeds, which can be purchased in Southern California in-person or ordered online throughout the United States. Laura also offers dedicated reed making lessons, a valuable supplement for students who wish to improve their reed making skills while continuing study with their current instructor.
Since 2016, Laura has served as the oboe teaching assistant for the Idyllwild Arts summer program in California. While at Idyllwild, she mentored middle- and high-school aged oboists, assisted in teaching daily reed making classes, and performed in faculty showcase recitals. In the summer of 2016, Laura presented at the 45th annual International Double Reed Society conference in Columbus, Georgia. With the blessings of former Chicago Symphony oboist Alex Klein, Laura created the first-ever piano reduction for the 1991 Oboe Concerto by Marco Aurelio Yano, which she performed and discussed in an IDRS lecture recital.
Laura spent the summers of 2014 and 2015 in Hancock, Maine at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians. She rehearsed and performed over 40 orchestral works and collaborated in chamber concerts and church performances throughout each six-week festival. Prior to living in Los Angeles, Laura freelanced in her native state of Arizona with the Phoenix Symphony, the Tucson Symphony, the West Valley Symphony, the Symphony of the Southwest, ProMusica AZ, the Mill Avenue Chamber Players, Classical Revolution: Phoenix, and various churches around the greater Phoenix area.