Originally from Maryland, oboist and new Civic Fellow Laura Yawney comes to Chicago from Philadelphia where she completed her Master’s degree in Oboe Performance at Temple University. She graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree Magna Cum Laude from the University of Delaware where she was also a Presser Scholar. During her undergraduate studies, Laura was a featured soloist with the Newark Symphony Orchestra and the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra. In Philadelphia, Laura has performed with ensembles such as the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Bay Atlantic Symphony, Symphony in C, Endless Mountain Music Festival, and Reláche, a chamber ensemble specializing in new music. An avid chamber musician, Laura was a member of the state recognized Nota Bene Winds and the Con Pepe Trio at the University of Delaware as well as the New School Quintet, the premier wind quintet at Temple University. Her primary teachers are Peter Smith and Jeffrey O’Donnell, and Laura spent recent summers studying at Eastern Music Festival and the Chautauqua Institute.

Laura Yawney’s Civic Fellowship is sponsored by The Julian Family Foundation.