Laurel has been a member of Sweet Adelines since 1990 when she joined Mt. Laurel Chorus. She began as a lead then switched to baritone. Laurel enjoyed a regional competition win and first experience on the international stage in Indianapolis. Soon after its charter, she joined Sound of New England Chorus with 80-100+ members with whom she competed regionally and internationally in Atlanta, Salt Lake City, and New Orleans. She sang lead in a quartet “Sneak Preview” and Strictly Acapella, a small performing ensemble within SONE. Several of these members formed Millenium Magic Chorus in 2000. As a charter member, Laurel has competed for a 2nd place and two 1st place small chorus international wins in South Carolina and Nashville. She decided to become a certified director within SAI, completing this multiple exam process within one year! Previous to singing barbershop Laurel sang in church and high school but had a 15 year break before discovering Sweet Adelines. Having played piano since age 6, music and singing harmony has always been an outlet of joy in her life. She enjoys all genres of music especially country and broadway showtunes. Currently Laurel is on music staff, bass section leader, rehearsal team, and various creative teams within Millennium Magic.
The small size of MM and autonomous nature appeals to her. One of her much loved recollections is her Nashville experience: “ From hearing the audience chuckle and laugh at our appearance to hearing thunderous applause after singing our contest songs, to seeing the standing ovation on completion of ‘Thriller’ was my most exciting on stage experience.” She was able to share that joyful time with older daughter Stacy who sang lead and had the comedic speaking role of the package. Laurel is an OB nurse, is married to Tom who is retired and lives in central Connecticut. She enjoys traveling and visiting daughters Stacy, now in Louisiana, and Abby, an occupational therapist in Pennsylvania. “I love singing harmony and these diverse, talented women!”