Laura Bennett Cameron
Principal Bassoon, Dallas Winds
Founder and Executive Director, La Société pour la Promotion de La Musique de Roger Boutry
Solo Bassoon, Boutry Ensemble
Senior Lecturer of Bassoon and Music Theory - The University of Texas-Arlington
Laura Bennett Cameron’s artistic and research activities in Europe and in the United States have established an international reputation for expressive playing, innovative collaborations, and expansion of the bassoon’s repertoire through her work with French composer Roger Boutry.
Laura Bennett Cameron teaches Applied Bassoon, Music Theory, and Ear Training at the University of Texas-Arlington, and is the principal bassoonist of the Dallas Winds. In addition to her position as the principal bassoon of the Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, Dr. Bennett Cameron also substitutes with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, among others. Laura appears frequently as a soloist, having given recent recitals in the US and Europe, and performed concertos and solos with orchestras across the US.
Never far away from the instrument, Dr. Bennett Cameron is actively involved in research and publication. Her main research focus is the music of French composer Roger Boutry (Grand Prix de Rome 1954). This pioneering research on Boutry and his compositions represents the first major published resources on the composer in any language. Further, she is actively involved in the editing and publication of Boutry’s works for bassoon through TrevCo Music Publishing.
Inspired by her work with Boutry, Laura is the founder of La Société for la Promotion de la Musique de Roger Boutry, an American foundation devoted to the promotion and advancement of Boutry's compositions. She also serves as solo bassoonist in The Boutry Ensemble, a chamber ensemble dedicated to the education and engagement of American audiences with the composer's body of work. For more information on the work of La Société and The Boutry Ensemble, please visit www.BoutryEnsemble.com.
Bennett Cameron and Boutry can be heard on their recording French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano (Indesens 2016), available through iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon, and directly from the Indensens label.
Dr. Bennett Cameron holds a Doctor of Music in Bassoon from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with concentrations in Music Theory and Early Music. She holds a Master of Music degree is from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Music from West Texas A&M University (all degrees earned with highest honors). Her principal teachers were William Ludwig, Richard Svoboda, Dr. Tina Carpenter, and Michael McCraw. In addition to an active solo recital schedule and regular chamber performances, she maintains a small private bassoon studio in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She is member of the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, the International Double Reed Society, Society for Music Theory, and the Texas Music Educators Association. She performs on an American-made Fox model 201 bassoon, in red maple, and on reeds processed from Rigotti cane (Cogolin, France).