Laura Sinclair – Violist/Violinist/Educator. An active performer in the South Florida music scene, she can be seen in Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Miami City Ballet, Boca Symphonia, and the Kravis Pops Orchestra. A lover of Broadway old and new, she has appeared on both violin and viola in the South Florida stop of the national tour of “The Book of Mormon”, “Hello Dolly!”, “Anastasia” and “Aladdin”. She has performed with Broadway greats Bernadette Peters, Idina Menzel, Lea Salonga and Hugh Jackman, rocker Rod Stewart, guitar legends Bucky and John Pizzarelli, indie artists Amanda Palmer and Dashboard Confessional, American Songbook legends Steve Tyrell, Neil Sedaka, Marilyn Maye, Anne Hampton Calloway, Michael Feinstein & David Foster, and renowned pianist/theatre star Michael Cavanaugh.
She is a member of Trio Wolfe, an all female string trio with attitude, specializing in performing rockin’ arrangements of modern classics for a high energy performance experience. The group performs internationally.
Ms. Sinclair is the former Director of Strings at Plumosa School of the Arts in Delray Beach, Florida, where she implemented a Suzuki in the Schools based program focusing on a joyful music learning experience. Committed to bringing the arts into the schools, Laura used her network as a performer to bring performers from all over the world to the students of Plumosa.
Laura maintains a vibrant Suzuki studio of young violinists and violists, supporting families as they learn how to create a positive learning environment with their child and see their child as their authentic self. She is a registered Suzuki teacher through Book 5, and is currently pursuing long term training through Book 10 with Dr. Terry Durbin at the University of Louisville. She has taken numerous supplemental courses in Pre-Twinkle, Group Class, Suzuki in the Schools, Spiccato, Priority Teaching, and Energy work. She blends high level teaching with her interest in neuroscience and attachment parenting. She shares this with her vibrant home studio, and parents and teachers worldwide.
In the non-profit sphere, Laura is committed to creating opportunities for as many students as possible. As the Music Curriculum Director for the Volta Music Foundation, she has created the curriculum for a virtual afterschool for students in Title 1 strings programs and provides teacher training for the mentors, who must be enrolled music majors. This curriculum creates an atmosphere of inclusion and incorporates composers from diverse backgrounds. This unique program provides training for a new generation of teaching artists, as well as supporting students who have a love for strings but may not have access to the necessary support to succeed. After a pilot phase in Palm Beach County, this program has expanded to engage students internationally, with mentors from leading music conservatories. Because the program is virtual, the possibilities for access are endless.
She has traveled to Cuba with the Volta Foundation, providing an introduction to Suzuki violin to students ages 8 – 11 and has done additional outreach with Symphony of the Americas in Panama. As orchestra director, she has taught 9 summers with the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Summer Strings at Lynn University.
Thanks to a partnership with the Elmar Oliveira International Violin Competition, hundreds of Plumosa students have been exposed to high level musical performances. Laura helped facilitate the Community outreach portion of the 2020 EOIVC, with finalists performing for students in front of a jury of arts advocates, community leaders and educators. She looks forward to helping them prepare for the 2023 competition.
Ms. Sinclair attended Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Performance degree and Chamber Music Diploma, studying with Christine Vlajk and Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet. She earned her Masters of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Irvine and Kirsten Docter. Most recently, she completed a Professional Performance Certificate at Lynn University Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of Ralph Fielding. Ms. Sinclair has had the pleasure of studying and performing at summer festivals around the globe.
Music can be a tool to break down barriers and build good citizens of the world. In the right context, learning an instrument is an experience that uplifts, unites and empowers a child to be curious, work as a team and think beyond themselves. In combination with personal performance experiences with accomplished artists, students see a world beyond themselves and experience the power of “what if”.