Laura Pettigrew , Regina Sasktchewan, received her Master of Music Composition and Bachelor of Music Composition from the University of Regina studying with Dr. Tom Schudel and also her ORT And CNA Diplomas in Nursing from Saskatchewan Polythecnic (SIAST). Laura is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre, member of the Canadian League Composers, SOCAN, International Women's Brass Conference, and member/ Prairie representative of Association Canadian Women Composers. In addition has served as a juror for Manitoba Arts Council, Saskatchewan Music Festival and SMEA. She is an internationally published composer and musician who has received commissions and awards for her works and accomplishments. Her works have been performed in Canada, United States and Europe by renowned soloists and ensembles. . Her credits include premieres and performances by world renowned ensembles including but not limited to I Solisti Veneti, Regina Symphony Orchestra, RSO Chamber Ensemble, Borealis Brass, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Sérgio Carolino principal tuba Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música Portugal, Portuguese Youth Symphonic Brass Ensemble MASSIVE BRASS ATTACK, directed by Sérgio Carolino, RSO Chamber Ensemble, Meineinger Trio, Contrasts Trio Dr. Karen Gustafson, Shawn (Grocott) and the Wolf (Wolfgang Meyer-Johanning), Foothills Brass, Dr. Corey Hamm and Nicole Ge Li. In 2013 her film “The Sky Came Down” her first film which she produced and wrote the film score, created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tornado, an F4 that devastated Regina SK June 30, 1912 won two International Awards, Best Overall Production - Reel Rave International Film Festival; Award of Merit – Best Shorts Competition and nominee at Golden Sheaf Awards.
Her works include orchestral / symphonic works, chamber / ensemble works, wind ensemble works, vocal/choral works, piano works, solo instrumental works, film production and film score and 2 orchestral arrangements. She has received grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, Creative Saskatchewan, Canadian Music Centre and Saskatchewan Film Tax Credit not only allowing her to write works and produce a short film in additon to assisting her to attend premieres and present her works in concert regionally, nationally and globally.
As a woman composer Laura is an avid supporter of the Adkins Chiti Foundation, Donne in Musica (Women in Music), Associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, member of the Association of Canadian Women Composers, Canadian League of Composers and International Women's Brass Conference promoting and encouraging composers and musicians to ensure equality prevails for women and men alike.
Laura believes we are all born with a gift and driven by her passion she derives great joy sharing her knowledge and talent. Inspired by historical events, people, landscape, mythology and literature it is the emotional melodic expression that resonates throughout her works.
Tying music events into a wide range of philanthropic endeavours she has also become a voice for those enduring difficult times. Growing up grounded in community she understands the intrinsic value of being one part of a sum and states "without community we are but one alone in the world".