Laurie Thornton

Laurie Thornton has been with Friends University since 2012. Thornton has performed in weddings, church services, funerals, nursing homes, Homes in Harmony Tour and served as the assistant clarinet coach for the Lions Summer Band and various conventions. She also has played principal in the Delano Chamber Orchestra, second chair in the Wichita Wind Ensembles Professional Band and has subbed for the Wichita Grand Opera. Thornton has served as the administrative assistant for the Wichita Wind Ensembles Professional Band and the woodwind coach for the Wichita Wind Ensembles Student Band for 11 years. Currently, she is the assistant director for the Wichita Clarinet Ensemble. While still performing, she continues to follow her passion for teaching. Thornton keeps a full schedule of private students and is always looking for opportunities to help young talent. Her studio has a high success rate at developing KMEA district and state honor bands, Kansas John Philip Sousa Junior Honor Bands and Wichita Symphony Youth Orchestra Programs

B.A., Friends University


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