“I enjoy the huge power of the sound when playing in large symphonic groups, but my collaboration with the Boise Baroque Orchestra gives me the opportunity to perform some of the exquisitely beautiful and more intimate compositions that were scored for smaller ensembles.”
Laura Von der Heide earned her Bachelor’s degree from Boise State University in Music Education. Her parents were both educators and had a big influence on her career choice. Her teaching career started in the Pocatello school district, then in the Boise school district and currently in the Meridian school district. She has taught for 30 years orchestra and general music to 4th through 12th grade students.
She started performing with the Boise Philharmonic while still in high school and begins her 39th season with that group this year. She has played in the 1st violin section, and has served as principal 2nd violin, principal viola and assistant principal viola. She has played in the Idaho State University faculty string quartet, the Boise Philharmonic string quartet, the Idaho Falls Symphony, Bear Valley California Summer Festival, Sun Valley Summer Festival and Summerfest in Boise. She currently performs with the Boise Baroque Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, local area church events such as The Living Christmas Tree, and performs in quartets and trios for weddings and other special occasions. She maintains a private violin and viola studio in her home. She is the mother of three children and grandmother to three grandchildren. Her hobbies include sewing, quilting, camping, reading and trying to keep her yard green.