Laura Logan BRANDENBURG
Laura Logan Brandenburg has served on the Texas Christian University School of Music faculty since 2001, where she teaches harp and harp pedagogy, coaches the TCU Harp Ensemble and is director of the TCU Summer Harp Workshop. In addition to her duties at TCU, Laura maintains an active private studio, teaching both Suzuki and traditional students. She is founder, director and member of the Octavia Harp Ensemble, performing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond for the past 20 years. The ensemble has released two recordings on the Traditional Sounds label and has commissioned and premiered several new works for harp ensemble. A highly regarded free lance harpist, Laura currently serves as Principal Harp with the Lewisville Lake Symphony, where she looks forward to playing for the Lake Cities Ballet Nutcracker every Thanksgiving. She held the position of Principal Harp with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra from 1990 – 2010. For many summers during that time, she enjoyed returning to New Orleans to play Principal Harp with the acclaimed Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre. She also served as Principal Harp in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic (1995-1997) and has played second harp numerous times with the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera and with The Dallas Opera, where she was privileged to perform the entire Wagner Ring Cycle. Her recent adventures on harp include concertizing with Jeff Walters as The Logan/Walters Harp Duo, performing all original transcriptions and arrangements for two harps.
Active as a camp clinician specializing in harp ensemble repertoire, Laura was founder and director of the popular HarpFire summer camp, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2010. In 2011, she directed one of two Institute Ensembles at the 9th Summer Institute of the American Harp Society. The TCU Summer Harp Workshop was inaugurated in 2012 and has grown to be a well respected addition to the local and regional field of summer harp camp experiences. In recent years,
Laura has also directed harp ensembles and presented workshops at both the Harp Journeys and Harp in Worship Conferences.
Laura has been privileged to work closely with many fine contemporary composers and has been the honoree of two commissioned works for harp and organ: Passacaglia by Joel Martinson was premiered in 1995 and Legend by Charles Callahan was premiered in 2000.
Laura completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harp Performance in 2002 at Texas Tech University, where she was a recipient of the distinguished DeVitt-Jones Fellowship in Music. A native of New Orleans, she earned a Bachelor of Music in Harp Performance from Louisiana State University in 1986 and a Master of Music in History and Literature from Texas Tech in 1988. She began her harp studies in New Orleans with Helen Maxwell. Undergraduate study was completed with Hye Yun Chung and graduate work was under the direction and mentorship of Professor Gail Barber. She has completed Suzuki Harp School Teacher Training through Book Three. Laura has made her home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1990.
Laura is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American Harp Society. She is a long time board member of the AHS in Dallas chapter and has served numerous times as Chair of the AHS in Dallas Student Scholarship Competition. She has most recently been named Southwestern Regional Director of the AHS.
Laura is married to Allen Brandenburg, a 25 year R.N. with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas. She considers her most significant lifetime achievement to be her two sons, Ethan and Luke, who have fallen asleep to the sound of harp music their entire lives and never once complained.
BM-Louisiana State University
MM-Texas Tech University
DMA-Texas Tech University