Special Feature: Laura Hawley

September 9, 2019

Laura Hawley is an award-winning Canadian composer who’s been rocking the choral scene lately and someone we consider part of The Leading Note family.

Laura spent her formative years in Ottawa and worked at The Leading Note while completing her studies. We’re now very proud of everything she has accomplished in her career and would like to point the spotlight at her excellent work.

Laura Hawley

As a committed musician, she has made a career from composing, conducting, and teaching. She founded Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa, taught at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and worked with Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa as founding artistic staff member for fourteen years. She recently relocated to Edmonton, where she was appointed Artistic Director of Da Camera Singers, conducts ChandraTala Choir (part of Kokopelli), and teaches composition at Concordia University of Edmonton. She has also toured with the Canadian Chamber Choir as a singer, accompanist, and featured composer.  All of this while continuing to write music and gaining international recognition for her choral compositions.

Popular titles by Laura Hawley include Sonnet 43, The Sun is Mine, and a French setting of In Flanders Fields (Au champ d’honneur).  In December 2015, Laura’s arrangement of a traditional Arabic song, Vivre, Aimer, Partager, went viral just as Canada was welcoming refugees from Syria.  The YouTube video of this first performance has now garnered well over one million views and the printed music is now the most popular choral title The Leading Note has ever sold! This title has even surpassed Morten Lauridsen’s ever-popular O Magnum Mysterium.

Her work is published by Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing and Cypress Choral Music, but we are pleased to offer a collection of Laura’s excellent work that extends beyond other publishers and retailers, including several of her self-published titles.  Check out her complete catalogue and find out why she’s one of the most popular choral composers we carry!

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