Laura Thompson is a freelance flutist on baroque and modern instruments, a recording artist, and an educator. She holds a Master of Music and a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York. After graduating, Laura traveled to Holland to study privately with baroque flute virtuoso Jed Wentz. Ms. Thompson also holds teaching certificates from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. A former student of Keith Underwood and Samuel Baron, and founding member of Bacchanalia Baroque Ensemble, Laura was featured on WHRB Harvard Radio in Cambridge, MA before her debut performance at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe in 2002. Her recent recording of trios by Joseph Gehot was released on the Eroica Classics label in April 2012. She has performed with the Tafelmusik Festival Orchestra, the International Baroque Academy Orchestra at Longy, the Amherst Festival Orchestra, the Grand Tour Orchestra, Lyric Opera New York, Opera Ozarks, Di Capo Opera, the Greenwich Village Orchestra, and the South Shore Symphony. Laura teaches both modern and baroque flute, and is an accomplished performer on renaissance flutes as well. Her many teaching credits include flute faculty at the Thessalonia Academy in New York, the Rhoda Grundman Music School in Riverdale, NY, the Amati Conservatory and the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, NJ, the Manchester Music Festival Music in Manchester, VT, and chamber music coach at the Rockland Summer Institute in Nyack, NY.