Dr. Laura Koenig
D.M.A. in Flute Performance – University of Iowa (1997)
M.A. in Flute Performance – University of California, San Diego (1991)
B.A. in Flute Performance – University of California, Los Angeles (1987)
Laura Koenig specializes in melding archival research with the performing arts. She has served as Artistic Director for the Anchorage Festival of Music (AFM) since 2013 and director of AFM’s baroque series since 2008. Recent productions include the highly regarded An Irving Berlin Alaskan Revue, George Washington Heard This!, Campaign Classics, and A Longfellow Evening, April 11, 1921: A Re-enactment and Centennial Celebration (2021, available online).
Dr. Koenig directs Fair Weather Flutes (flute choir), coaches for Alaska Youth Orchestras, and teaches flute at UAA and her private studio. For fifteen years, she taught all upper division music history at UAA. Dr. Koenig also performs as principal flute with Anchorage Opera, section flute with Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of Jomala, an ensemble devoted to new jazz compositions. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Iowa as the first performer awarded the prestigious Iowa Fellowship. Her dissertation on experimental music in the eighteenth century received the Stanley Fellowship for International Research and the Indiana University Press Award. She holds additional degrees from UCLA (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and UC San Diego. Dr. Koenig was also a McCormick Fellow at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library.