Laurel Swinden is Principal Flute of the Stratford Symphony and has performed with Orchestra London, and the Memphis, Tupelo, Mississippi, Kingston, Scarborough, and Oakville Symphonies. Ms. Swinden performs on chamber music series throughout Ontario with pianist Stephanie Mara, guitar duo partner Kevin Ramessar and others.
Laurel joined the faculty of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, University of Western Ontario in 2010 and has been a sessional Instructor at the University of Guelph since 2008. She is completing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Toronto, as a student of Nora Schulman and Alison Melville (traverso).
Laurel has performed and presented workshops across the United States and Canada, with performances broadcast on NPR. A new CD with pianist Stephanie Mara; Celebrating Women: Music for Flute and Piano by Women Composers is forthcoming in 2012, assisted by a grant from the Waterloo Region Arts Fund.