Laura Hawley is a conductor and pianist, known for her innovative artistic programming, pianistic sensitivity, and multi-faceted compositions.
As a conductor, Laura Hawley is active across Canada, working with a wide variety of community-based choral and orchestral ensembles. She is a founding conductor and pianist for the renowned Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, and was their composer-in-residence from 2003-2017. Laura is the artistic director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa, which she founded in 2015.
Ms. Hawley is a regular guest-conductor for CAMMAC and has been engaged by Music & Beyond (Ottawa), the Ottawa Children’s Choir, Christ Church Cathedral Choirs (Ottawa), Caelis Academy Ensemble (Ottawa), Choirs Ontario, Choral Canada and Choir Alberta. From 2007 to 2018 she was Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church, leading the adult choir and establishing a successful parish youth choir.
Laura Hawley has taught at both of Ottawa’s universities; as a part-time professor at the University of Ottawa in the position of Coordinator of the Solfège program at the School of Music, and at Carleton University School for Studies in Art & Culture (Music) as an Associate Performance Faculty Member (classical piano) and Contract Instructor (conducting, theory). She teaches piano, theory, harmony and history in her studio.
CAROL TRILOGY - the complete set
Traditional carols arranged by Laura Hawley
SSAA with Piano $6.00 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 $2.35 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 $2.50 CP 1776 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 $2.35 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.