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Composer Laura Kaminsky has had her works performed across the U.S. and abroad, including West Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. She has been a guest composer at Boston Conservatory, Mannes College of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, Vernon Center for International Affairs at NYU, National Academy of Music at Winneba, Ghana, the Synthesis International Festival of New Music in Skopje, Macedonia, the National Music Academy in Bratislava, Slovakia, and at the Union of Composers and Musicologists at the National Conservatory of Music in Yerevan, Armenia, among others.

Ms. Kaminsky has received commissions, fellowships, and awards as a composer and presenter, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Aaron Copland Fund, Chamber Music America, CEC ArtsLink International Partnerships, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, North Carolina Council on the Arts, PONCHO, Jordan Foundation, Jack Straw Productions, Virgil Thomson Foundation, Allen Foundation, King County Arts Commission, Serage Foundation, and Meet The Composer, and has held residencies in a number of artist communities. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her master's degree in music from the City College of New York.

Kaminsky is currently the curator of music programs at New York City's renowned Symphony Space, known nationally for its Selected Shorts program, Wall-to-Wall annual marathon concerts, and Bloomsday celebration. She served concurrently as dean of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College from the summer of 2004 through June 2008. She is also co-founder and artistic director of Musicians Accord, a new music collective based in New York and dedicated to 20th and 21st century chamber music. Musicians Accord has commissioned and/or premiered over 100 new works, has recorded for the Mode, CRI and North/South labels, and has been ensemble-in-residence at the City College of New York since 1984. Her music is published by Subito Music Corporation and recorded on the CRI and Mode labels.

Previous positions include chair of the Department of Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA (1999–2004); vice president for programs at Meet the Composer; director of the European Mozart Academy, an international postgraduate chamber music program in Poland; and in New York, director of music and theater programs at The New School, artistic director of The Town Hall, and associate director of education at the 92nd Street Y.

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