Oakland, California, who was a member of the San Francisco Girls Chorus in
the 1990s and went on to attend Harvard University, where she majored in
1993, the SFGC appeared in the San Francisco Opera Association’s
production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Laney’s sisters, Rachel and Ronika, were also involved with the SFGC and in 1998, all three had the opportunity to sing together in
a holiday concert conducted by their dad, who won the privilege in an
auction. In 1999, Laney
graduated from Head-Royce School and appeared on the SFGC album, Music from the Venetian Ospedali.
Harvard, she was active in the Harvard Theater and The Harvard University
Choir. In 2000, she appeared on
the HUC album, Christmas in the Busch,
and played Ayah in the Harvard Theater’s production of The Secret Garden. She was also a member of the Leverites who performed at the Old Library in a
Coffeehouse! concert on 27th April
2001. In May 2003, she worked
as the Vocal Director on the Harvard Theater’s mounting of Cole
Porter’s Bard-inspired musical comedy, Kiss Me, Kate. She
graduated on 5th June 2003, and one of her graduation gifts was “A
Song for a New Morning”, written for her by Carson Cooman.
her Masters of Music degree in choral conducting at the University of
Oregon, where she performed in a variety of concerts at Beall
Concert Hall as a member of the Repertoire Singers.
runner, she has participated in a number of races, including the Battle of
the Blvd. 10K, the Portland Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle
Marathon & ½ Marathon, Run Through Dragon, and The 27th
Annual Nordstrom’s Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes 2009.
She has served
as the assistant conductor of the University of Washington’s Men’s
Glee Club and the Language Coach for UW’s Baltic Tour Program. In March 2010, their travels took
them to Estonia, Finland and Latvia, where they performed for the President.
The Harvard University Choir recordings
Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Pro Organo CD 7134 (Christmas
in the Busch)
Conductor – Murray Forbes Somerville
Baroque Chamber Orchestra
Director – Robert Mealy
Soprano – Awet Andemicael
Bass – Mark Risinger
Organists – Erica Johnson and Edward Jones
- Liner notes: Christmas in the Busch