Laura Grantier earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Alabama in 1993 and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America in December 2012. She joined the Navy Band in 1995 where she was recently appointed principal clarinet in 2015. Ms. Grantier soloed with the Navy Band on tour in 2015, as well as the Midwest Orchestra and Band Clinic in 2014.
She has also appeared as a soloist with the Alabama Symphony, Susquehanna University Wind Ensemble, UA Wind Ensemble and was also a featured soloist at the 2013 CMEA conference, the 2012 and 2014 International Clarinet Association Conference, the 2009 GMEA conference, and the 23rd annual Alabama Honor Band Festival (2007) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Ms. Grantier is the Chief-In-Charge of the Harbor Winds clarinet quartet and is the founder of Navy Band Clarinet Day, a local clarinet symposium.
As an undergraduate, Ms. Grantier won the University Concerto Competition and traveled to Guatemala and Costa Rica to perform recitals and teach masterclasses. She has performed at the Morges Music Festival in Morges, Switzerland, and with the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Annapolis, Arlington, McLean, New World, Tuscaloosa Symphonies, and the National Symphony Orchestra. She was principal clarinet of the American-Russian Youth Orchestra in 1995 and was a semi-finalist in the 1992 Ciudad de Dos Hermanas competition in Seville, Spain and the 1996 International Clarinet Association Young Artists Competition in Paris, France. Her teachers include Eugene Mondie, Kenneth Grant, and Scott Bridges.
In addition to her music degrees, Ms. Grantier also holds a Master of Business Administration from Averett University. In her free time, she is a freelance makeup artist for Bobbi Brown cosmetics, a certified spinning instructor, and enjoys spending time with family and mountain biking in Colorado and Utah.