Laurel Ann Maurer (flute) began her musical studies in Seattle, Washington under the direction of Dorothy Bjarnason, where she was a member of the Seattle Youth Symphony and a recipient of awards from the Seattle Young Artists Festival. She continued her musical education in New York City, studying with Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser and Samuel Baron. Her principal teacher, Mr. Baker, has stated that she is "one of our outstanding and gifted flutists." Laurel Ann began her Suzuki Teacher Training in 1987 with Rebecca Paluzzi. She also traveled to Japan and studied with Toshio Takahashi. In 2007, she became a Teacher Trainer. An award-winning flutist, Laurel Ann has appeared as flute soloist throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, and has appeared on over a dozen commercially released CDs.