French Horn



Bachelor in Horn Performance – University of Akron
Master in Horn Performance – Youngstown State University

Laura Makara is a graduate of the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, where she studied horn with Dr. Stacie Mickens. In May 2018 she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Horn Performance. She graduated from the University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Horn Performance and studied with William Hoyt and Karl Kramer-Johansen. While at YSU, Laura served as a graduate assistant for the horn studio as well as the Dana School of Music recruitment committee.

In addition to being one of the winners of the Dana Young Artist Competition, Makara placed second in the 2016-2017 Dana Young Scholar Competition and was awarded the Ohio Federation of Music Club’s Graduate Scholarship. Laura has served as principal horn and section leader of the YSU Wind Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra, and has performed in the Horn Choir and in a variety of chamber ensembles.

As an undergraduate at the University of Akron, Laura received both music and academic scholarships and was inducted into the music honors society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Laura served as principal horn for the University of Akron’s Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Band. She also participated in numerous chamber ensembles as well as Brass Choir.

Laura performed with the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra as a concerto competition winner in 2014.

Laura currently serves as Acting Principal Horn of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, second horn with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and as Associate Principal of the WD Packard Band. She frequently performs with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony, the Mansfield Symphony, and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Laura is also passionate about teaching and in addition to performing, she teaches adult, college, high school and middle school horn players in the Northeast Ohio region. She has coached OMEA District 5 Honors Band horn sectionals and has served as a judge for ILMEA horn auditions in Illinois.

Laura resides in Boardman, Ohio with her husband, David and her menagerie of dogs and cats.