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Black, Laurel
Adjunct of Music
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Division of Fine Arts
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Laurel regularly assists the CU choirs, plays for musical productions, and accompanies individual students for juries and recitals. Every semester she guides students with vocal and instrumental concentrations through the process of making chamber music, from simply playing together to applying musical analysis, interpretation, and historical context to their performances.

As a pianist, marimbist, and percussionist, Laurel is very active in several musical fields. As a marimbist she was praised for her “stunning performance" (Percussion News) at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in 2011, where she was invited to perform as a Showcase Artist. As a lover of chamber music and advocate of contemporary music, Laurel is a founding member of Balletik Duo, a violin-marimba duo with Natalie Calma, violinist. Balletik has commissioned several new works for violin and marimba and been featured on the Equilibrium and Fifth Floor Collective concert series in Boston, MA. Laurel serves on the Board of Directors for Ensemble Ecce, a contemporary music ensemble rooted in Boston that performs on the East coast and in Europe, hosts a new music festival every summer in Auvillar, France, and facilitates workshops each year for young composers. Turning Point, Laurel’s new marimba duo with Matt Sharrock, will debut in 2013, performing works written specifically for the duo.

Laurel’s pedagogical interests lie in incorporating kinesthetic understanding of the body into music training via Alexander Technique and theatrical training methods that promote a deep understanding of the power of movement and the expression contained therein.


Ensemble Ecce

  • MM: The Boston Conservatory
  • BM: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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