“I love the beauty and passion of Baroque music…it is energizing and uplifting…and nothing is better than having the opportunity to perform it with other musicians who love it as well.”
Laura Turner Owens, a native of Boise, earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Idaho in 1972. After graduation, she joined the Boise Philharmonic, started teaching privately, and taught orchestra for several years in the Nampa Public Schools. In 1976 she was chosen to tour with the All-Idaho Orchestra, performing in Philadelphia as well as at the Kennedy Center as part of our nation’s Bicentennial celebration. Leaving the Boise area in 1978, Laura moved to California, then Washington, then finally on to Oregon. In each locale, she started a violin studio and performed as a violinist with a variety of orchestras, including the San Mateo Symphony and the San Jose City College Orchestra in northern California, the Mid-Columbia Symphony in Tri-Cities, Washington and the Newport Symphony, the Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra in Oregon. Laura also played in several quartets. She performed in the Camerata Musica Concert Series in Salem, Oregon every year for nearly twenty years. An active member of the Idaho Suzuki Association, Laura has taught regularly in the Idaho Suzuki Institute for the past 35 years. In addition she has served as a board member and editor of the Idaho Suzuki Association’s newsletter. Since returning to the Boise area, she has established a violin studio and has joined a variety of musical groups, including several local quartets. Currently, Laura is enjoying her fourth year as a violinist with the Boise Baroque Orchestra, where she is also the personnel manager.