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Laura Thomas-Merino recently completed her Master of Music at Wichita State University in 2000 and she received her Bachelor of Music degree in 1997 from Indiana University, Bloomington where she had Master Classes with Janos Starker.   She has had a myriad of experiences with various chamber orchestras and symphony orchestras here and in Peru, Wichita and Indiana.  Laura attended the prestigious Idyllwild Music Sumer Camp and she was also a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.  She has received various accolades including membership in Pi Kappa Lambda and the First Place award in the ‘Emerging Young Entertainer Competition’ at the Los Angeles Music Center.  Laura continues to teach cello in Los Angeles as she did throughout the cities of Wichita and Newton, Kansas.  She is a member of the newly formed MESTO, the Calabasas Chamber Orchestra, and the West Hollywood Orchestra.  She was one of two composition winners in the Pi Iota String Competition 2001 for her original cello piece.

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