Laura Hawley is a Canadian musician known for her distinctive compositional voice, compelling approach to leadership and artistic programming, and multi-faceted community engagement.
As an internationally recognized composer, her works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by many of Canada’s finest ensembles including Elektra Women’s Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Canadian Chamber Choir, Spiritus Chamber Choir, Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, Halifax Camerata, Kokopelli Choirs, Vancouver Youth Choir, and Shallaway Youth Choir. Her unique understanding of developing musicians and sensitivity to a commissioner’s vision has established her as a widely sought composer for educational ensembles as well, and Laura has written a variety of instrumental and choral works for children, youth, and developing adult musicians; works that lend themselves well to educational growth. Laura’s music is published by Oxford University Press, Silent Dawn Music Publishing, Cypress Choral Music, and Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing.
Laura is artistic director of Da Camera Singers (Edmonton), conductor of ChandraTala (Edmonton), and founding artistic director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa (2015-2019). She is also the collaborative pianist and a member of the Canadian Chamber Choir. An active clinician throughout Canada, Laura has worked with a wide variety of community-based choral and orchestral ensembles.
Laura Hawley has taught in the music departments at both of Ottawa’s universities and recently joined the teaching faculty at Concordia University of Edmonton, where she taught composition. She teaches piano, theory, harmony and history in her studio. She is currently based in Edmonton.