Laura is an alum of the Preucil School of Music. She received her B.A. at Luther College as a triple major in Music, French, and English. She received a Master’s Degree in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Hartt School of Music. Ms. Shaw has won several awards, including the Luther College Concerto Competition, the Fort Dodge Concerto Competition, and the Pelzer Competition at the University of Iowa, where she currently is a doctoral student. Ms. Shaw has participated in numerous music festivals and master classes. She earned a two-year fellowship to attend the Aspen Music Festival, and was principal cellist of the Sinfonia Orchestra there. She is currently Assistant Principal of the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra.