Amy Laursen is horn instructor at Henderson State University where she teaches applied horn, music theory and music education courses. She currently performs with the HSU Faculty Brass Quintet, HSU Faculty Woodwind Quintet, Natural State Brass Band, and Orchestra of New Spain where she plays natural horn.
Ms. Laursen recently completed her DMA in Horn Performance from University of North Texas where she studied with William Scharnberg. While at UNT, she performed and recorded with the Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Baroque Orchestra, Opera program, and in the Center for Chamber Brass Quintet.
As a teaching fellow at UNT, Ms. Laursen taught brass methods and in the horn studio, and was heavily involved in the Music and Medicine program working with Dr. Kris Chesky. Her music and medicine research focused on embedding health education learning objectives into existing methods courses offered to music education majors. Results demonstrated significant influence on student awareness, knowledge, and the perception of competency and responsibility for addressing health risks associated with learning and performing musical instruments.
Laursen A, Chesky K. Addressing the NASM Health and Safety Standard through Curricular Changes in a Brass Methods Course: An Outcome Study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists 2014; 29(3): 136-143.
Laursen, Amy D. Determining the Authenticity of the Concerto for Two Horns, Woo 19, Attributed to Ferdinand Ries. Denton, Texas. UNT Digital Library. http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc822748/.