Dr. Colgate is Concertmaster of The National Philharmonic at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD, and the Greenville Symphony Orchestra in South Carolina, and was formerly concertmaster of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. She frequently performs as a substitute with several major orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the IRIS Chamber Orchestra in her hometown, Memphis, TN. She is also the curator for the Strathmore Music in the Mansion series and the Chamber Music Series at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. She completed her Doctorate from the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Music, focusing her thesis on Women Composers. Laura is passionate about being an innovator in the world of classical music, and in March 2018 co-founded the Boulanger Initiative, an advocacy organization for women composers based in D.C., for which she holds the position of Executive Director. The Initiative champions the works of women composers through consulting, performance, education, and commissions, and launched its performance series with the Women Composers (WoCo) Festival in D.C. March 8-10, 2019.
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