Laura Klein, M.M., NCTM, began her formal piano training at age 5; since then, she has performed extensively throughout the continental US, as well as Canada, Austria, and the Czech Republic. She received her Master of Music degree (with honors) in Piano Pedagogy & Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ, and her Bachelor of Music degree (summa cum laude) in Piano Performance from Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC; her teachers include Cathy Adkins, Andrew Cooperstock, Robin Garner, and Phyllis Lehrer (performance) and Ingrid Clarfield, James Goldsworthy, Phyllis Lehrer, Thomas Parente, and Betty Stoloff (pedagogy). During her baccalaureate studies, she attended Brevard Music Center Summer Festival on scholarship and studied abroad through the International Scholar Laureate Program and The Juilliard School.
A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through Music Teachers National Association, Ms. Klein began teaching out of monetary necessity at the age of 15; she quickly discovered a passion for teaching and since then has grown and maintained a private studio, Appassionata Piano, in North Carolina, Washington, New Jersey, and most recently in Colorado. Her students regularly perform and often participate in festivals, adjudications, competitions, and honors recitals, receiving highest honors. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association and has most recently served as president of the Music Teachers Association-Suburban Northwest chapter of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association; she also judges area festivals, competitions, and federation events throughout the state. Prior to her recent move to Denver, she served on faculty at Walla Walla University (WA), Westminster Choir College and Conservatory of Music, and The American Boychoir School (NJ).
An accomplished collaborative pianist, Ms. Klein has appeared in collaborative performances all over the US and Canada, ranging from ensembles, soloists, and duo piano recitals to accompanying choirs, orchestras, and theatre and opera productions. She has served as accompanist and collaborative pianist in a wide variety of experiences at Mars Hill University, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and Asheville Lyric Opera (NC); on faculty at Walla Walla University (WA), The American Boychoir School, and Westminster Conservatory of Music (NJ); and at Arvada United Methodist Church, The Evergreen Players, and Spring Strings (CO). She frequently accompanies soloists in live performances and competitions as well as in the recording studio.
Since relocating to Denver, Ms. Klein is in increasing demand as a performer, teacher, adjudicator, and collaborator in the Denver metro area and surrounding suburbs. She regularly appears in performance both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist in recitals, concerts, formal events, and galas. She performs in a wide variety of roles as staff pianist and accompanist at Arvada United Methodist Church. Her most recent appearances include performances with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Boettcher Hall and with Brigitte Lee in concert at the Englewood Arts Center. She is an active member of The Vibrancy Trio, collaborating with soloists and ensembles in performances throughout Colorado; she also regularly writes and performs with local singer and songwriter, Brigitte Lee. Ms. Klein is currently on staff at Colorado Christian University, serving as accompanist for the School of Music.
While music is her passion, Ms. Klein also enjoys photography, literature (especially anything Jane Austen), graphic design, traveling, DIY projects, coffee and tea (she regularly vacillates on which is her favorite), and quite adores her husband, daughter, and Siamese cat. She currently resides and teaches in northwest Denver.