Teaching with Encore since December 2023
Mrs. Laurie Avey has been involved in piano since her first lesson at age 8 ½. It has been a lifelong passion and an area of enjoyment ever since. She has studied with four professors: one until the age of 10, another until the age of 17, a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and another at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California.
Her background includes being one of seven pianists chosen in California, in 1977, to be a member of the Young Artist Guild, the highest honor awarded by the Music Teachers’ Association (MTA). She won the Sonata medal, the Paderewski medal, a scholarship from the National Guild of Piano Teachers, one from the Santa Clara County Branch of MTAC and others from Occidental College in music.
Laurie appeared as guest soloist with the Cupertino High School Symphonic Band two separate years. She was chosen as the pianist for the All State Honors Orchestra as well as guest pianist in a performance with the Santa Monica. Symphony. She was the pianist in the orchestra pits for several musicals in high school and college as well as for several different choirs throughout the Santa Rosa Community in California and was recently the keyboardist every other week for 20 years in Gilroy, California. She is now one of the keys players for Stonehill Church.
Laurie began teaching at the age of 14 and has taught almost continuously since then. She has also taught Class Piano at the University level. She has composed approximately 20 pieces ranging from classical to soft rock to praise songs. In 1983, she was chosen as the pianist for a church’s dedication of their new grand piano.
In the past, her professional music affiliation was with MTA. Laurie is a retired teacher with a Major in Physical Education, a minor in Music, a Teaching Credential in P.E., Biology, and Introductory Music. She is currently living her dream job of being a part-time barista for Starbucks.
The is the mother of two children, Anthony and Cherilyn, a stepson, Justin, and wife to Jake. She has three granddaughters (Josephine, Lucie, and Raphaelle). Her other interests revolve around her family, exercising, the outdoors, Christian activities, and keeping up with friends in person and email.
“It is a privilege for me to pass on the legacy of music, something which brings joy to many people, and can speak to the heart when sometimes nothing else can. I look forward to assisting your child/you in learning music - in theory, in song, and in style.”
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