Adult Band Camp Woodwind Faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts
Director of Jazz Bands and Applied Instructor of Woodwinds, Northwestern Michigan College
B.M., Saxophone; M.M., Woodwinds; Performer's Certificate in Saxophone, Indiana University School of Music.
Laurie Marino Sears, saxophone and woodwinds, is currently on the faculty of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts Adult Band Camp. Laurie is also Director of Jazz Bands and an Applied Instructor of Woodwinds at Northwestern Michigan College. In addition, she maintains a studio of private students in the Traverse City, Michigan area. Laurie has also taught saxophone and chamber music at Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp and Grand Valley State University. Band directing experience includes Traverse City West Junior High School and Traverse City Christian School. While in the Chicago area, Laurie taught at Columbia College, Concordia University Chicago and Triton College.
Laurie performs with the Grand Rapids Symphony, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Grand Rapids (DeVos Hall) and Broadway Wharton (Wharton Center, East Lansing). In addition to leading her own jazz quartet, she performs in concert and at festivals with other jazz artists throughout the state of Michigan. She is a member of Building Bridges With Music, presenting school concerts and workshops, in addition to being an adjudicator for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. Her performance experience in the Chicago area included the Ravinia Festival, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Broadway shows and musical theater productions. A few of the many jazz and pop entertainers that she has shared the stage with include Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Julie Andrews, Liza Minelli, Smokey Robinson and the Temptations.
Laurie holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Saxophone and Woodwinds, respectively, and a Performer's Certificate in Saxophone from the Indiana University School of Music. Teachers include Eugene Rousseau, Fred Hemke, Marcel Josse and David Baker.