Dr. Laura Arganbright enjoys a busy schedule as a freelance oboist with a diverse portfolio of musical projects including performance, education, and reed-making. She currently holds the principal oboe chairs with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Philharmonic, the American Youth Symphony, and the Opera Neo summer festival orchestra. Additionally, she has performed in recent concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Sinfonietta, and the Grand Junction Symphony. In 2019, Laura performed the world premier double oboe concerto Extra(ordinarily) Fancy by Viet Cuong, which was met with enthusiastic reviews by both the composition world and the double reed community. In 2021, Laura looks forward to solo engagements with the Arizona Philharmonic, where she will perform the Marcello Oboe Concerto, and with the Bakersfield Symphony, where she will perform the Mozart Oboe Concerto.
Laura is passionate about music education and fostering music appreciation in today's youth. She currently serves as Oboe Teaching Artist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic YOLA program, an El Sistema based organization that provides music education in traditionally underserved communities. Laura previously worked with The Harmony Project as well as the Thornton Community Engagement Program at USC, where she was twice recognized for outstanding performance, leadership, and commitment to the community. Laura enjoys teaching oboists of all ages and levels and maintains a robust private studio. Laura has operated a handmade reed business since 2015 and is enthusiastic about reed-making pedagogy. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she was invited to present guest master classes and serve as the reed-making coach for all current oboe majors.
Laura completed the Doctorate of Musical Arts at USC in 2018. She graduated with honors and was awarded the Brandon Mehrle Service Award in recognition of individuals who demonstrate extraordinary support of the Thornton School of Music through a commitment of energy and professional expertise. While at USC, Laura led reed-making sessions, established the annual Oboe Cleaning Day for students to learn instrument care and maintenance, and was the oboe instructor for students pursuing music minors. Her academic studies were focused in Music Teaching and Learning, with additional emphasis on Baroque Oboe and Arranging. Laura studied oboe with Joel Timm and Marion Kuszyk, and baroque oboe with Lot Demeyer. Prior to living in Los Angeles, Laura earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in her native state of Arizona under the tutelage of Martin Schuring at Arizona State University.