Dr. Laura Spitzer works with a student. Courtesy/LAMTA
The Los Alamos Music Teachers Association is sponsoring a piano master class with Dr. Laura Spitzer 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 29 at UNM-Los Alamos.
Spitzer will coach 20 Los Alamos students in works from the piano repertoire. The public is welcome to attend any or all classes for a nominal fee of $5 for the entire day.
Spitzer is Associate Professor of Piano at New Mexico State University. Prior to coming to NMSU in 2000, she was a touring concert pianist for 16 years. She has performed under contract with the Community Concert Association and appeared with numerous symphonies.
Spitzer was awarded four touring grants from the Nevada State Council on the Arts and the Nevada Humanities Committee, which enabled her to pack her Steinway grand piano into her truck from 1984 to 2003 to carry classical music to hundreds of rural communities and schools throughout the U.S. and western Canada. In recognition of her contribution, she was honored with the 1986 Nevada Governor’s Arts Award.
Spitzer has been featured on various national broadcast news media outlets and in prestigious print media outlets including The New York Times, People, Time, and Mother Earth News. She began her studies at Oberlin Conservatory of Music but after her first year, chose to complete her undergraduate studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria where she was awarded the Bösendorfer Stipend and graduated with distinction.
Spitzer earned her master’s degree at the Peabody Institute of Music and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her principal teachers have been Walton Ball, Hans Leygraf, Leon Fleisher and John Perry.
She served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for five years and teaches each year at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in Idyllwild, Calif. She has conducted master classes and workshops at colleges, conventions and summer camps throughout the U.S.