Laurie Van Brunt earned her Bachelor’s degree in Oboe Performance at the Oberlin Conservatory and her Master’s Degree in Musicology at the University of Massachusetts. She continued doctoral level studies in musicology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her primary oboe/English horn teachers were: Wayne Rapier, Laurence Thorstenberg, and Thomas Stacy. From 1978 – 1999 she was solo English horn/utility oboe with the Florida Symphony Orchestra and its successor the Orlando Philharmonic (of which she was a primary Founder.) In 1999, she moved to Duluth, MN with her family where her husband, clarinetist Theodore Schoen, became the clarinet professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth. During her time in Duluth (until her retirement in 2018), she became the oboe teacher of many oboe students in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin and was the adjunct professor of oboe at the University of Wisconsin Superior, the College of St. Scholastica, and the University of Minnesota Duluth where she also played in the faculty woodwind quintet. In addition, she was the English hornist with the Duluth Symphony Orchestra and principal oboist with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra.
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