Adult Band Camp Woodwind Faculty, Interlochen College of Creative Arts
M.M., Woodwind Performance, Indiana University School of Music; B.M., Saxophone Performance, Indiana University School of Music; Performer's Certificate, Indiana University School of Music.
Laurie Marino Sears has taught saxophone at Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen College of Creative Arts Adult Band Camp, Grand Valley State University, Traverse City West Junior High School and Traverse City Christian School. While in the Chicago area, Laurie taught at Columbia College, Concordia College, Triton College, and the American Conservatory of Music.
Her performance experience in the Chicago area included the Ravinia Festival, the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest, the Chicago Jazz Festival and countless Broadway shows and concerts with national entertainers in Chicago theaters. In Michigan she performs with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony and Kalamazoo Symphony. Broadway show work in Michigan includes DeVos Hall (Grand Rapids), Wharton Center (East Lansing) and Miller Auditorium (Kalamazoo). Laurie performs extensively with her own jazz quartet and with other jazz artists throughout the state of Michigan at festivals and on concert series. Some of the many jazz and pop entertainers that she has shared the stage with are Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin and Natalie Cole.
Laurie holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and the Performer’s Certificate from the Indiana University School of Music. Teachers include Eugene Rousseau, Marcel Josse, Fred Hemke and David Baker.