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Quaker Valley alum earns doctor of music in woodwind performance

August 6, 2018

Laura M. Clapper of Tallahassee, Florida, has graduated with her doctor of music in woodwind performance from Florida State University and will complete her master of historical musicology in the next year.

Clapper has performed and taught in the United States, Europe, and Central America. She is a founding member of the quartet, Silver Lining Flutes, and she has held a flute/piccolo position with the Penn’s Woods Festival Orchestra in State College since 2013.

Her enthusiasm for music and passion for teaching inspire her to share the joy of music-making with students of all ages. Clapper received both master and bachelor of music degrees in flute performance and a bachelor of arts in French and Francophone Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

Clapper has served as a teaching assistant in applied flute at both FSU and PSU and is currently a research assistant in historical musicology and the director of the Collegium Musicum ensembles at FSU.

Her primary flute teachers and life mentors are Eva Amsler, Naomi Seidman, and Eleanor D. Armstrong.

Clapper is a 2007 graduate of Quaker Valley High School and is the daughter of Joseph and Christy Clapper, of State College, and Robert Miller, of Canonsburg.

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