As a performer, violist Laura Seay has been characterized as “a burst of unbound energy” (The East Hampton Star), and her enthusiasm for classical music continues to attract audiences across the globe.  Dr. Seay first won national recognition in performance with Itzhak Perlman and members of the Perlman Music Program for a nationally televised broadcast of the 2003 “Live from Lincoln Center”.  Since then, she has appeared in performances across North America, Europe and Asia including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall in New York City, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and Chicago Symphony Center.  As a soloist with orchestra, Dr. Seay has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, University of Colorado Symphony, University of Northern Colorado Wind Ensemble, and the Denver Young Artists Orchestra. 

An avid chamber musician, Dr. Seay has collaborated in performance with renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Paul Katz, Donald Weilerstein, Roger Tapping, Jeremy Denk, and Nicholas Kitchen.  During the 2009-2011 seasons, Dr. Seay has performed as a member of the Vinca Quartet (The New York Times: “Stunning…musicians worth keeping an eye on.”) and was a founding member of the New York-based LK String Quartet, which is praised by The New York Times as “fiery and propulsive, with striking unanimity”, The Washington Post as “Gorgeous” and by The New York Sun as “exceptional…the future of classical music, which looked hale and hearty.”  

Dr. Seay is the 2013 winner of the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition President of the Jury Prize – awarded by Yuri Bashmet – and the Stainer and Bell Prize recognizing her excellent performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Six Sorano Varients. In 2010-11 Dr. Seay was granted a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) grant from the German government sponsoring her exploration of the Germanic traditions of chamber music performance today.  As a result, she lived and performed extensively in Stuttgart, Germany and throughout Europe.  Dr. Seay has won multiple national awards including the William C. Byrd Young Artists Competition, National Foundation for the ARTS, and the Jeff Bradley Young Musicians Award and frequently is awarded merit scholarships to attend festivals in Europe, Asia, Canada and the United States. Dr. Seay was one of three finalists in The Juilliard School’s concerto competition and the winner of the University of Colorado’s concerto competition. 

Dr. Seay has served on the faculties of The Juilliard School Pre-College, The Perlman Music Program, Killington Music Festival, Chamber Music of the Rockies and also served as a teaching assistant at The Juilliard School College Division.  Currently Dr. Seay serves on the faculties of the Governor’s School for the Artist in Norfolk, Virginia and Hampton Roads Chamber Players. Dr. Seay holds a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Viola Performance from The Juilliard School where she studied viola performance with Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, and Hsin-Yun Huang and chamber music with Robert Mann and David Soyer.  Equally commited to excellence in performance and education, Dr. Seay continued her studies at Columbia University – Teachers College completing an advanced Masters Degree in Music Education from Columbia University – Teachers College where she published her research in the field of performance majors working as teaching artists and performance outreach. In 2015, Dr. Seay earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado – Boulder, studying with Erika Eckert and Geraldine Walther.

Raised in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Seay currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband who serves as a E-2 pilot in the United States Navy, and their rambunctious weimaraner “Blue”.  When not teaching or performing as a section member of the Virginia Symphony, Dr. Seay enjoys playing outside with her husband and dog, exploring the outdoors.