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Celebrating 60 Years of Musical Excellence

June 26 – July 31, 2021

Laura Blankenship

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Laura Blankenship is the principal second violinist of the Salisbury Symphony and the North Carolina Chamber Orchestra. She holds contracts with the Fayetteville and Western Piedmont symphonies, and she performs in various ensembles throughout her home state, North Carolina. In 2019, she was a String Fellow at Eastern Music Festival, and she is excited to return this summer. Blankenship holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and a Master of Music from the University of Wyoming, where her teachers were Dr. Fabián López and Dr. John Fadial, respectively. Her other teachers include Margaret Rehder, Corine Brouwer, and Kevin Lawrence. At UW, she performed in master classes for maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Ying Quartet, and the Danish String Quartet. Teaching is one of Blankenship’s passions, and she is fortunate to have dedicated students at St. Mary’s Music Academy in High Point, Upbeat Music Company in Lewisville, and her home in Winston-Salem. She teaches both violin and viola, and her students have been accepted into the All-­County Orchestra, Western Regional Orchestra, and Winston-Salem Youth Symphony. In addition to performing, Blankenship was an assistant orchestra librarian at EMF from 2014 through 2018. She also enjoys arranging music, serving on the Salisbury Symphony board, and spending time with her cat.