Laura Stephenson Petty

Laura Stephenson Petty

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Laura Stephenson Petty is currently serving her 14th season as the second clarinetist of the Sarasota Orchestra in beautiful Sarasota, Florida. Laura moved to Sarasota in 2004 from Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she was serving as principal clarinetist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony, now known as the Iowa Symphony. Laura earned her undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School, in New York City, where she studied with Charlie Neidich and Ayako Oshima. She went on to receive her graduate degree in music performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she studied with world-renowned teacher Yehuda Gilad. Laura’s performance resume includes tours to Japan, Korea, Poland, and Israel, as well as participation in several prestigious music festivals including Aspen, Winter in Jerusalem, Kneisel Hall, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Utah Festival Opera, and the AIMS Opera Festival in Graz, Austria. During the summers, Mrs. Petty currently serves as the principal clarinetist of the Charlottesville Opera in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to performing as a core member of the Sarasota Orchestra, Laura regularly performs with the Naples Philharmonic, The Sarasota Opera Company, the Florida Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. Laura also performs regularly with ensemblenewSRQ, Sarasota’s premier contemporary music ensemble.


In addition to a busy performance schedule, Mrs. Petty is a faculty member at The State College of Florida and is an active private teacher in the area.

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Written byHerald Tribune

 There's no doubt, audiences are thrilled by the Sarasota Orchestra's new music director, Anu Tali. She's brought an intense energy from the orchestra in previous performances and we found this yet again in a downright thrill ride of an encounter...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

Written byHerald Tribune

 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 Tali conveyed a clear vision for the dramatic outline of this symphony, carefully pacing the darker, searching character of the music with pastoral conversations among voices in the orchestra.  

Written byThe Observer

 If you haven’t seen Tali yet, this will be a great introduction to the skyrocketing conductor who’s quickly becoming a household name around the world. You’ll see why we feel we’re lucky to have her here.  

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