Laura Cahn - Full Bio
Conductor, AYSE & AYDO
Director, Music Buddies
Laura Cahn grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She studied with esteemed pedagogue, Mimi Zweig and renowned performer, Atar Arad. During her years at IU, Mrs. Cahn worked as a violin instructor for the Indiana University String Academy. In the summer months Mrs. Cahn attended the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, the National Orchestral Institute at University of Maryland, the Masters de Pontlevoy in Pontlevoy, France and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
After her residence in Bloomington, Mrs. Cahn attended Butler University on a full scholarship where she earned a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance and joined the faculty of the Indianapolis Academy of Music. She served on faculty as a violin and viola instructor for the Indianapolis Academy of Music for six years. During her time with the IAM, Mrs. Cahn initiated the viola program, became the outreach coordinator and developed the IAM Youth Fellowship Program. In 2006, she was invited to present an educator session at the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA) convention entitled “Group Class. What’s the Point?”
In 2007, Mrs. Cahn made her debut as the conductor of the New World Concert Orchestra. Under her direction, the Concert Orchestra performed at the IMEA Convention in 2009 and performed at various locations in Indianapolis including the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, Indiana Historical Society, and the Hilbert Circle Theatre.
Her increasing interest and talent in the field of music education led Mrs. Cahn to pursue a Master of Arts and Teaching degree in Instrumental Music from the University of Indianapolis that she earned in 2009. She completed her student teaching at the American International School in Vienna, Austria under Bonnie Reinitzer. After graduation, Mrs. Cahn accepted the position of Music Director at KIPP DC: AIM Academy in Washington D.C.
Mrs. Cahn has served on the staff of the Colorado Suzuki Institute in Beaver Creek, Colorado since 2009. She was a member of the American Youth Philharmonic from 1996-2000 and is very excited to return to the organization as the Conductor of the American Youth String Ensemble. Mrs. Cahn lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and son with whom she enjoys spending her free time.
2015-2016 is Laura Cahn's fourth season as Conductor of the American Youth String Ensemble and Director of the Music Buddies Mentorship Program, and second season as Conductor of the American Youth Debut Orchestra..