Mezzo-Soprano Laura Thomason holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Converse College and Indiana University, respectively. An accomplished performer, she has been heard both in the United States and abroad in opera, concert, recital, and oratorio venues. Ms. Thomason has been a featured young artist with GLOW Lyric Theatre, the Bassi-Brugnatelli Symposium, Operafestival di Roma, and Harrower Summer Opera Workshop, and has appeared as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, the Vivaldi Gloria, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Saint-Saëns Oratorio de Noël. Her operatic experience includes the roles of Tessa in The Gondoliers, Betty Parris in The Crucible, the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, the Maestra delle Novizie in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Olga Olsen in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene, to name a few. Ms. Thomason has performed in numerous master classes and worked under the instruction of operatic masters such as Carol Vaness, Frederica von
Stade, and Victoria Livengood.
Ms. Thomason has now taught at the Lawson Academy of the Arts (located at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina) for the better part of a decade, and maintains a consistently full and diverse voice studio. Her students consistently take both leading and supporting roles in local and regional theatre productions, have advanced to Regional and National NATS in both Musical Theatre and Classical divisions, and have been admitted for further musical and theatrical study by institutions such as The Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, AMDA, Pace University, The College of Charleston, and Converse College.
Additionally, Ms. Thomason regularly serves as Music Director for the Spartanburg Youth Theatre in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Now in her sixth season, Ms. Thomason has undertaken seven full shows and six summer camps, including Honk!, Jr., Junie B. Jones, the Musical, James and the Giant Peach, Jr., Broadway Bootcamp: Wicked, Broadway Bootcamp: Grease, and, most recently, Broadway Bootcamp: Hamilton.
Most recently, Ms. Denney has taken a position as a voice teacher with the Lawson Academy of Music at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is also the Alto Section Leader and Soloist at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.