An avid freelance and chamber musician, Laura has performed throughout the United States and internationally. As a chamber musician, Dr. Eakman has collaborated with the assistant concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Michelle Kim, as well as renowned soloist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. She has worked with the Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company, performed with new music ensembles in Colorado, and was a founding member of the Avant Duo, Kylian Quartet, and Camus Quartet which toured the Netherlands in 2009. She has served as assistant principal violist with the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra, the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Lasalle Bank Messiah held at Chicago’s Civic Opera House.
Laura currently serves as Strings Division Chair at Community School for the Performing Arts at Kansas State University. In this role, she runs a Suzuki Program, Chamber Music Program, Summer Camp, Group violin class and teaches private violin and viola lessons. Prior to her work with Community School for the Performing Arts, Laura was a Teaching Artist with El Sistema Colorado which serves primarily disadvantaged students in the Denver Area. Dr. Eakman has also served as head of the music department at Colorado Early Colleges, Parker where she instructed a Music Appreciation courses and started a String Ensemble.
Laura received her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder where she served as Erika Eckert’s teaching assistant and studied chamber music with members of the Takacs Quartet. Her doctoral thesis, Teaching the Violin with Purpose: strategies designed to foster musical, cognitive, and social development in low-income students, has been a resource for El Sistema sites, and has been adapted to suit the Suzuki philosophy in a forthcoming article in the American Suzuki Journal.
Laura received both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Northern Illinois University in music performance and pedagogy where she studied with Richard Young and Anthony Devroye. Additional studies include coaching with Roger Chase, Mathias Tacke, and Robert Chen. Dr. Eakman's pedagogy training has included Suzuki registration with Ann Montzka-Smelser as well as classes and workshops with Mimi Zweig of Indiana University and Rebecca Henri of Peabody Conservatory.
*Full CV available upon request
Janacek String Quartet No. 1 (“Kreutzer Sonata”), IV
Michiko Theurer, Mei-Mey Segura, Andrew Brown, Laura Eakman
American Suzuki Journal: "Burn with the Obligation to Save the World..."
Smart Music Blog: "Teaching Character- and Tolerance - through Music"
2016 Dissertation: "Teaching the Violin with Purpose: Strategies Designed to Foster Musical, Cognitive, and Social Development in Low-Income Students" - available on request