• Laura Goodwin

My music exposure began as a young child, taught by my mother, a music major. We were brought up on nursery rhymes, eileen farrel, johnny cash, railroad songs and symphonies. In my youth, my sister, a violinist and I played for hs musicals, church, city, state and college orchestras. My father always felt so thrilled that a string quartet was part of his family with our mother on violin, as well as my oldest sister violin, the youngest sister on viola and myself on the cello.

As a member of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus for the past year we sing annually at the St Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha for Christmas. Recently the chorus was among those choirs chosen worldwide for a trip in June 2021 to perform and tour Paris with other choirs. Due to the pandemic that has been placed on hold, until June 2022. 

I’m a member of an Irish ladies band which plays music 300 hundred years and older. The idea is to keep folk song music from Ireland, Scotland and England among our repertoire. We’ve played at the Midland’sBusiness Journal Award breakfast, shops in Aksarben, the “Pink Poodle” restaurant in Crescent, Ia and a nun’s retirement party.

Over the past 10 years I’ve taught privately cello students at a home studio and at St. Paul’s music conservatory in CB, IA. 

Each student is taught the basic fundamentals of cello  and are encouraged to play in their communities.

This is the 50th year I’ve played cello and ensembles have included: string quartets, and string trios, the Littleton Symphony Orch, Arvada Orch, CU Boulder CO orch, Heartland Phil, Orch Omaha and All State Orch (CO) and a variety of musical groups.

I’ve also coached cello sectionals with OAYO (Omaha Area Youth Orchestra) Prelude and Youth Concert strings groups, participated in Grace University Homeschool groups (beginning and Intermediate) with my son, string groups at church, and at many weddings. I also played for a recent fund raiser for Hope-Net Ministries at the PACE arts center, where money was raised to help women released from prison to have a better life.

Music gives a person a way to express themselves individually or in a group and experience the music of many composers. It’s a gift the my mother passed down to us and I passed on down to the next generation. It’s a universal language and very important for me to share and teach other’s to experience the joy music gives. 

I enjoy spending time with my husband and young adult kids now out of the house, collect old recipe books, read, travel, and play music with my family and friends. My husband plays hammered dulcimer and various woodwind instruments and budhron and other drum. My daughter studies voice at UNO and plays the piano and hammered dulcimer, and my son plays guitar and sings as well.