Laura Hawley is a Canadian musician known for her distinctive compositional style, innovative artistic programming, pianistic sensitivity, and multi-faceted contributions to the musical and educational communities locally and throughout Canada.
Laura is the founding director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir, was the founding accompanist, associate director, and composer-in-residence for the Cantiamo Girls Choir from 2003-2017, and accompanied the Ottawa Children’s Chamber Choir from 2008-2011. She teaches at the University of Ottawa as well as in her private studio, and has been Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church since 2007.
Laura teaches at the University of Ottawa School of Music where is Coordinator of the Solfège program. She has also taught at Carleton University School for Studies in Art & Culture (Music) as an Associate Performance Faculty Member (classical piano) and Contract Instructor (conducting, theory); and teaches piano, theory, harmony and history in her studio as a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association.
Laura engages with choral, orchestral, and educational groups, including the Music and Beyond Festival, Ontario Youth Choir, and CAMMAC. In 2014 and 2016 she was nominated for the prestigious “Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting,” and in 2017 was one of five international composers accepted into the Banff Centre for the Arts’ program, Choral Art: Conductors and Composers.
Laura’s compositions are commissioned and performed internationally, especially after December 2014 when a video-recorded premiere of her work “Alhamdoulillah” went viral on YouTube with the title “Welcome to Canada Syrian Refugees.” She has composed works for choirs across Canada, including Elektra Women’s Choir, Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Canadian Centennial Choir, Spiritus Chamber Choir, Orpheus Choir, Cantiamo Girls Choir, and Savridi Singers. One of her commissioned works, “Au champ d’honneur,” is performed annually on national broadcast by the Ottawa Children’s Choir and Canadian Armed Forces Band as part of the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial, and was arranged for carillon in 2011 and performed on Remembrance Day on the Peace Tower Carillon.
Ms. Hawley holds an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and Master’s in music theory at University of Ottawa.