She’s no sports fan but she knows all about leaving it all out on the stage when she performs. Meet Principal Oboe Laura Reynolds!

Name:Laura Reynolds
Position:Principal Oboe
Joined California Symphony:2003
Hometown:Oneida, NY
College:University of Michigan (BM) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM)

What is one line you might say to hype up your section before the big concert? “Let’s make some music and remember to have some fun!”

What’s the coolest thing about your instrument? The sound! And the many colors of reed thread.

Most Looking Forward to Playing in 23/24? Mozart Serenade No. 10 also known as the Gran Partita! A masterpiece for small ensemble. But Also Barber’s Symphony No. 1, an iconic American symphony with sweeping melodies that creates a majestic emotional journey.

Thoughts on playing music and playing sports? Working together as a team is the key to success and when each individual brings their best to the “field”, be it in the stadium, arena, rink or stage, that’s when the magic appears!

Your Sporting Alter Ego or Lookalike? I don’t have a specific name to share, but my alter ego might be a figure skater. The best ones leave everything on the ice and success comes with what looks like perfect control in tandem with tremendous commitment, emotion, and creative risk.

Laura is a valued member of the California Symphony’s all-star squad of professional musicians. Support the team and music education programs that uplift and inspire our community with a year-end donation and help us reach the goal of raising $50,000 by December 31. Checks (including from Donor-Advised Funds), credit card payments, gifts of appreciated stock, and IRA distributions are all accepted. Donate now or call the office at 925.280.2490 to make a gift and light up our year-end donations scoreboard. Thank you!


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