When you meet Laurie, ask her… Did she know Erik growing up? How does she travel with a harp? What other instruments can she play?
Laurie Meister is heard frequently on many of Houston’s concert stages. In addition to performing as ROCO’s principal harp, she also plays regularly as a substitute with the Houston Symphony, Houston Ballet, and Houston Grand Opera orchestras. Additionally, Laurie also has performed as guest harpist with the Milwaukee Symphony, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Grand Teton Music Festival, North Carolina Symphony, Florida Symphony, and New World Symphony orchestras.
She has appeared as concert soloist playing Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp with flutist Leone Buyse and the Houston Chamber Orchestra, as well as Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro with members of the Houston Symphony in Greenbriar Consortium performances. Laurie has also performed as concerto soloist with the Brazos Valley Symphony, University of Wisconsin Symphony, and Lawrence University Symphony orchestras. Additionally, she has soloed with the Concord Chamber Orchestra as their 1996 Concerto Competition First Prize Winner. Laurie toured with the Houston Symphony under Maestro Hans Graf, performing in Carnegie Hall, and can be heard on the Houston Symphony recordings of The Planets: an HD Odyssey, The Earth; an HD Odyssey, and Bartok’s The Wooden Prince.
Laurie has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp, as well as the American Festival for the Arts. She received her Master’s Degree in Music Performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her major teachers have been principal harpists Paula Page, Danis Kelly, Alice Chalifoux, and Joan Mainzer. Laurie is married to Houston Symphony double-bassist Donald Howey, and they are the proud parents of two music-loving sons, Ian (piano), and Gunther (violin).