UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
Lecturer of Music
D.M.A., University of Minnesota
M.M., Eastman School of Music
B.S., University of Minnesota
Laura Edman is an active performer in the Twin Cities area. In 2009, she received a D.M.A. in organ performance at the University of Minnesota. Her organ teachers have included Heinrich Fleischer, Russell Saunders, Robert Luther and Dean Billmeyer. In addition to being appointed organ instructor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2006, Edman is the interim organist at First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, MN. She was recently elected Dean of the Twin Cities Chapter of the American Guild of Organists after serving on its board and professional development committee. She served on the workshops committee for the national convention of the American Guild of Organists held in the Twin Cities in June 2008, judged the Twin Cities Chapter student competition in 2010, and was a member of the Oral History Project celebrating the guild's 100th anniversary. She served as organist for fourteen years at The Church of St. Michael in Stillwater prior to her position at First Presbyterian Church.
Edman has performed extensively at Trinity Lutheran Church and The Church of St. Michael in Stillwater. She was a participant in the Minnesota Bach Festival in 2000 and performed Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani at Trinity in April 2009. In 2007, she was one of five participants in the Summer Institute for French Organ Studies that took place in Poitiers and Epernay, France. In 2012, Edman performed on the Como Park Lutheran Organ Series in February and the Wayzata Community Church Summer Organ Series in July.
Organ students at UWRF regularly perform at music convocations and have been selected to perform in the Music Department's Honors Recital in the spring.
Since joining the music faculty at UWRF, Edman has performed on the 1975 Hendrickson organ in Abbott Hall as a soloist and with the St. Croix Valley Orchestra, The River Falls Brass and the UWRF Concert Choir.