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.