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Laura McShane, Percussion

Laura McShane is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has lived in Santa Cruz for longer than she cares to admit. She holds Master’s degrees in marine science and percussion performance from UC Santa Cruz, where she studied percussion with William Winant. Laura performs regularly with Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra and Cabrillo Stage, and has performed with the Peninsula Symphony, Monterey Bay Pops, New Music Works Santa Cruz, Cadenza Chamber Ensemble, All About Theater, and South Valley Symphony.

Laura also studies and performs Middle Eastern music and dance. By day, she works as an academic adviser for the Literature Department at US Santa Cruz.