About the director….

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Hello!

My name is Laurel Talley and I am beginning my second year as the director of the Boise High Orchestra and the North Junior High School Orchestra. I am so excited to be back in Boise, as I graduated from BHS Class of 2000, and had the privilege of playing violin for the Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Wendy Hartman. Mrs. Hartman and my experiences in her strings program motivated me to pursue a career in music, so I am grateful to once again be participating in this wonderful program, and look forward to carrying on its proud traditions.

I am a graduate of Oberlin Music Conservatory, where I received a Bachelor of Music Degree in violin performance and music education, and a Master of Music Teaching Degree. At Oberlin, I studied baroque and modern violin with Ms. Marilyn McDonald, and enjoyed performing with the Ardesco String Quartet as well as the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. Contemporary music, in particular, continues to be a passion of mine, and I look forward to sharing this exciting musical venture with my students.

For the past 9 years I lived in Charlotte, NC, where I maintained a busy schedule of both teaching and performing. I served as Suzuki Program Coordinator and lead violin instructor for Community School of the Arts. I also enjoyed teaching “itty bitty” musicians (ages 6 months—4 years) in the Musik Garten Program at Southern Park Music School, and directing the elementary school choirs at Covenant Presbyterian Church. I made great music and even greater memories with the Hodges Taylor String Quartet, and performed with orchestras throughout the region.

While I can’t imagine my life without music, it also wouldn’t be complete without lots of hot coffee! I enjoy doing yoga, dancing of all kinds, and spending time outdoors and with good friends. At home I have two handsome cats, Winston and Ripple, who keep me entertained.