Laura Costa, Flute
I thought that I would write to tell you that after all of these years, I became a music teacher myself, and I wanted to say thank you. When I was learning to play, you really made an impact on me about loving what you do and loving the music. I learned my first bits of Music History from you (I plan to continue my study when I go for my doctorate!) and I learned the basics of flute.
I wanted to tell you how thankful I am that you were my first teacher, and that you looked at my hands and told me I was only going to play the flute, and not the violin or viola. Had I played either string (as much as I love them now) I don't think that I would have stuck with it the way I did with my flute. You've provided me with so much inspiration over the years. Thank you so much Dr. Zurcher for planting the seeds of music deep within me.
Laura, a 2002 graduate of Baldwin Senior High School , went on to attend Five Towns College for Music Education, graduating in 2006 with the Award of Excellence in Music Education and Phi Sigma Eta Honors. While at Five Towns, Laura was the President of the college’s MENC Chapter and obtained permission to run the organization as a student club, providing funding for the various community service projects she oversaw—including a drum clinic for underprivileged students and a NYSSMA recital concert. In the fall of 2006. Laura became the Director of Music and Instrumental Music Director at Trinity Lutheran School in Hicksville . She has spent the past three years developing the program to include strings, increasing enrollment threefold, providing additional Evenings of Jazz for fundraisers, arranging music for her many bands and encouraging over 100 students to attend the NYSSMA festival. Currently Laura is finishing her Masters in Music Education through Boston University ’s online education program and performing with the Northwinds Symphonic Band under the direction of former Baldwin Band Director, Helen Bauer.