Personal Summary / Bio
Laudon Schuett was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1986. His interest in music began when he taught himself how to play and read music on the guitar at age 11. After a few years of playing electric guitar and studying under Michael Singer, he was encouraged to explore classical music. While in high school, he attended Glendale Community College in the evenings, taking classical guitar courses and lessons under Chuck Hulihan, now a well known gypsy jazz guitar performer. Laudon earned his BM in Guitar Performance under Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. While helping professor Koonce with transcriptions of vihuela music, Laudon became fascinated by the study and performance of early music. He purchased a $500 Pakistani lute during the summer before his senior year and cut his nails off (a cringe-worthy move for most classical guitarists!). Luckily, professor Koonce encouraged his interest He entered the graduate early music program at the Eastman School of Music, studying lute, theorbo, and performance practice under Paul O’Dette. Laudon completed his MM in Early Music (Emphasis: Historical Plucked Instruments) in 2010 and completed his DMA in the fall of 2013. In 2011, Laudon won the Lute Society of America competition and performed a winner’s concert at the Boston Early Music Festival that year. Laudon has also written an article for the Lute of Society of America on articulation and interpretation in Nicolas Vallet’s music, published in their quarterly. In the fall of 2011, he co-directed a performance of John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis,” the first staged production in the Eastman School of Music’s new recital hall, Hatch Hall. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Lute Society of America scholarship to attend the 2012 LSA Summer Workshop but was unfortunately unable to attend. Laudon has also been a guest lecturer and performer at Glendale Community College, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the Eastman School of Music, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is now an active performer and teacher in Rochester, NY.
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