Laurie Lee Cosby, BME, MM

Contact Info

Phone:
(817) 917-4889
Email:
[email protected]

Laurie Lee Cosby, soprano and multi-styles singer, is co-founder and co-director of Studio Bella Voce. She serves as the Executive Director for the North Texas area. Laurie also teaches voice and directs the Women’s Choir at East Texas Baptist University. She recently taught voice, coached musical theatre vocals and directed the University Chorus at Texas Woman’s University. Her degrees include a masters degree in Vocal Performance from The University of Tulsa and a bachelor degree in Choral Music Education from Dallas Baptist University. She is also certified in Elisabeth Howard’s acclaimed Vocal Power singing method as defined in Howard’s book , “Sing!” which includes (Contemporary Commercial Music) CCM production.  Laurie holds a lifetime Texas Teaching Certificate in K-12 Choral Music Education.

Laurie is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and  a former board member of the DFW NATS Chapter.  She is published in the NATS Journal of Singing.  Laurie has been a national and regional presenter for NATS with her colleague, Donna Hinds Sawyers, where they presented their studio model. They are co-authors of the new book, “A Most Rewarding Independent Music Studio” with editor, Scott McCoy with Inside View Press. Laurie has had NATS 1st Place winners in both Classical and Music Theatre on the high school and college levels, Most Outstanding Student for UIL, All State Chair winners for TMEA and TPSMEA and nominees for Tommy Tune, Betty Buckley and Column Awards. She has also had numerous students accepted to prestigious colleges in both Classical and Music Theatre including OU, TCU, OCU, NYU, and AMDA. Laurie is a frequent lecturer and workshop/master class instructor for DFW area schools and universities.

Laurie has performed with the Kingwood Pops Orchestra, Texas Brass Blues Band and the Conroe Symphony Orchestra. She has also had solo roles with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Tulsa, directed by John Reed of London’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, American Theatre Company of Tulsa and The Crighton Players of Conroe, Texas where she also served on the Board of Directors. Laurie is also a member of the Handbell Musicians of America. She has rung with Voices in Bronze, directed by Christine Anderson and Tulsa Festival Ringers, directed by Jean Hendon.  Laurie also directed the Handbell Ensemble at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the handbell ministry at Parkview Baptist Church of Tulsa.  Laurie also served as the Concert Choir director at Montgomery College and University Chorus director at Texas Woman’s University.

Ms. Cosby has an electric lifestyle which includes her husband, Dave Cosby, and their two grey tabby cats, Mr. Darcy and Lizzie. In her spare time she loves to cook and travel.  She also enjoys leading worship from the piano.

Endorsements

“Laurie Cosby is a fantastic vocal coach / teacher.  She made each lesson fun and every lesson concluded with me having things to work on until the next lesson.  That way, the lesson seemed to last with me and encouraged me to rehearse, thereby making my money go farther than just that one lesson.  She improved my voice and also made me feel better about my performances at the same time.  If you can do so, and you are a performer, go and see her – you’ll truly be happy that you did.”

Lana K. Hoover, Actress/Singer and Editor’s Choice Winner for Musical Theatre, Retired Drama Teacher, Fossil Creek High School (Keller TX)

 “In my many years of theatre, I have had the pleasure of working with some exceptional artists. Laurie Cosby is one of those! I find her to be an extremely talented and highly organized individual. Her musical talent is of professional quality and her sense of presentation is first class.

Joe N. Visor, Director
The Crighton Players, Community Playhouse & Montgomery College (Houston, Texas)

“Laurie is not only an incredibly talented singer and actor, but she is a wonderful person. She is fun to be around, fun to work with, and fun to learn from.
Ken Williams, Actor & Executive Pastor
WoodsEdge Community Church (The Woodlands, Texas)

“Laurie Cosby is one of the most talented individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working with the past 25 years. She is a wonderful vocalist, teacher, director and actress. She is an exceptional motivator and everyone who works with her seems to give their best in all they do. Laurie is a true professional that is very pleasant to work with and has a real eye and ear for the smallest detail.
Tom Tillman, Associate Pastor, Music & Worship
First Baptist Church (Conroe, Texas)

“I have never loved music so much until I started taking lessons from Laurie Cosby. She has made my less than two-octave, unhealthy belt become an almost four-octave, legit voice with a strong healthy belt range. Her expertise has made me a better singer, musician, and performer.
Meredith Tyler
Lead in Peter Pan and Thoroughly Modern Millie, John Cooper School
Houston NATS 1st Place Winner, 10th Grade Music Theatre Division
Tommy Tune Nominee for Best Lead Actress in a High School Musical (The Woodlands, Texas)

“My wife, Patricia, and I were having dinner in The Woodlands. The waitress recognized me from a play and began to relay her career aspirations which included a career in Music Theatre. Laurie Cosby’s name came up unsolicited as the the vocalist they wanted to study with the most and they were waiting eagerly for the next opening.
Don Rashke, Chair of the Board of Total Administrative Services Corporation
Montgomery, Texas

“After two years of instruction under Laurie Cosby with Studio Bella Voce, I noted immense changes in my vocal technique and performance confidence. Laurie’s passion and enthusiasm for teaching gave me the confidence to succeed, and laid a great vocal foundation for further learning at the university level.”
Emily Rew, Student at UT, Austin
2nd Chair All-State Alto II TMEA
DFW NATS Semi-Finalist, Classical and Musical Theatre

“Being a part of Studio Bella Voce as a student and member of Bella Victoria has been a wonderful experience and has provided me with opportunities to become a more confident person by becoming a more confident singer. The support and encouragement Laurie Cosby provided led me to challenge myself and enter my first competion this last spring of 2006.
Hillary Storey, Teacher in Klein ISD, Private Student & Bella Victoria Soprano II
Houston NATS 1st Place Winner Beginning Adult Division, 2006 (The Woodlands, Texas)

“Laurie Cosby brings professionalism and excitement to all levels of vocal performance and pedagogy. Her range of diversity is recognized while working with orchestras at the Crighton Theatre, Montgomery College and First Baptist Church of the Woodlands. This girl can do it all!
Darryl Bayer, Director
Texas Brass Ensemble (Houston, Texas)

“Ms. Cosby is a delightful Symphony soloist with a beautiful voice and engaging stage presence. A well prepared guest artist; Laurie exhibited fine technique and support in several songs that required extreme high notes. It was a pleasure to work with this professional of such discipline and excellence.
Mary Curtis Taylor, Concert Master
Conroe Symphony Orchestra (Conroe, Texas)

“Laurie Cosby really taught me how to be more than a singer. She taught me how to perform which has helped advance my studies in college.”
Eric Bowden, Private Student
Most Outstanding Student, Texas UIL 2003
Sam Houston State University, Vocal Performance Major 2007

“When Laurie Cosby was assigned to direct the Concert Choir, I noticed improvement in the number of performers, the quality of professional dress, degree of memorization of music and sophistication of technical production. These particulars exemplify Laurie’s mindset of continuous quality improvement. In every interaction I had with her, she displayed a high degree of professionalism and demonstrated genuine caring for the welfare of her students.
Olin Joynton, President
Alpena Community College (Alpena, Michigan)

“Laurie Cosby has an enthusiasm and love for singing that is contagious. Cami loved going to the Bella Giovanni class for young singers and we saw great results in a short amount of time. Laurie gives the children an enjoyable, yet challenging experience that encourages confidence and success in young singers.”
Fran Shaffer
Student Parent (The Woodlands, Texas)

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