Congratulations to MM student Laura Clapper who recently competed as a division finalist in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Woodwind competition. She earned this honor after winning Pennsylvania’s MTNA Young Artist woodwind competition in early November.
Laura was named "first alternate" to the national competition in the Young Artist-Woodwind category.
A second-year master’s student, Laura is a student of Naomi Seidman. She performs with the University’s Chamber and Philharmonic Orchestras, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Flute Choir, and Quintessential, the school's graduate woodwind quintet. Most recently, she was a winner of the National Flute Association (NFA) Masterclass Performers Competition, and performed at the 2013 NFA convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Laura also serves as second flutist in the Music at Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra in State College.
Laura received her B.M. degree in flute performance from Penn State in 2012, when she studied with Eleanor Armstrong. A native of Sewickley, Pennsylvania, she holds a University Graduate Fellowship and teaching assistantship.
The Music Teachers National Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society, and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, Music Teachers National Association is the oldest professional music association in the United States.