Laura Hawley is a Canadian musician known for her compelling approach to musical leadership and artistic programming, community engagement, and distinctive compositional style.
As an internationally recognized composer, many of Canada’s finest choirs have commissioned and performed/recorded her works (published by Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing, Cypress Choral music, and on laurahawley.ca), including Elektra Women’s Choir, Pro Coro Canada, Inuksuk Drum Dancers, Canadian Chamber Choir, Spiritus Chamber Choir, Adlesia, Halifax Camerata, and Shallaway Youth Choir.
While Ms. Hawley writes for many of Canada’s top performing ensembles, her unique understanding of developing musicians and sensitivity to a commissioner’s vision has established her as a widely sought composer for educational ensembles as well. As result, Laura has written a variety of instrumental and choral works for children, youth, and developing adult musicians; works that lend themselves well to educational growth.
Laura is artistic director of Da Camera Singers (Edmonton) and founding artistic director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir (Ottawa); and she works with ensembles throughout Canada including CAMMAC, Music & Beyond (Ottawa), Cantiamo Choirs (Ottawa), Ottawa Children’s Choir, Choral Canada, and provincial choral federations.
Hawley holds a BMus and MA from the University of Ottawa and an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Toronto. She has taught at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Concordia University (Edmonton).
CAROL TRILOGY - the complete set
Traditional carols arranged by Laura Hawley
SSAA with Piano – CP 1774 – duration 13:00
Laura wrote this challenging and highly effective trilogy for Elektra Women’s Choir. Great contrast of mood, cultures, and languages between the three movements. An outstanding pianist is needed. Order the full trilogy or individual movements.
Noël Bourguignon - #1 from the Carol Trilogy
Traditional French carol arranged by Laura Hawley
SSAA with Piano – CP 1775 – duration 4:50
Noel Bourguignon’s haunting melody is set in a misty cloud of accompanying voices, highlighting the mystery of this ancient French carol.
In dulci jubilo - #2 from the Carol Trilogy
Traditional German carol arranged by Laura Hawley
SSAA with piano – CP 1776 – duration 3:15
SATB with piano – CP 1874 – duration 3:15
Laura Hawley’s treatment of this beloved German carol is lively and exuberant, painting the scene of a sky full of jubilant angels announcing the birth of Christ. This movement would work well for an advanced children’s choir.
Wexford Carol - #3 from the Carol Trilogy
Traditional English/Irish carol, arr. by Laura Hawley
SSAA with Piano – CP 1777 – duration 4:45
This captivating arrangement of a tune with its roots in England and Ireland is poised and text-centred. A double descant in the final verse provides a soaring climax before a thoughtful ending.