Laura "Missy" Curl is a well-rounded musician from the Washington, D.C. metro area. Born and raised in Bethesda, MD, she was fortunate enough to have benefited from the D.C. music community from a young age, as one of her earliest professional engagements was singing in the children's chorus with the Washington National Opera in productions of Carmen and Turandot. As a teenager, she was chosen to participate in the Washington National Opera Institute for Young Singers. She continued her studies in voice at the University of Maryland in College Park, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies. In her final year of study at the university, she was selected to represent the undergraduate voice division in the annual University of Maryland School of Music Honors Recital, where she performed Barbara Strozzi's cantata Lagrime mie.
Missy attended the Catholic University of America for graduate school, where she received a Master of Arts degree in Musicology. During her time there, she managed the Chamber Choir, and was the first featured soloist in Catholic University's Concerts spirituels, a concert series of monthly musical devotions, where she performed works that she had transcribed herself from the Ghirlanda sacra, a Venetian manuscript published in 1625 that acted as an anthology of solo motets for the musicians at St. Mark's Basilica. As part of the concert series, she performed works by composers such as Barbara Strozzi, Bartolomeo Barbarino, and Antonio Caldara, and was accompanied by harpischord and Baroque cello.
Missy currently maintains a full studio of private voice and beginner piano students at the International School of Music in Potomac, MD. She teaches voice students age 6-adult, ranging from beginner to intermediate/advanced. She also has experience teaching students with learning differences, including some students on the Autism spectrum. Missy believes that everyone can benefit from private music lessons and enjoys the challenge of creating custom curriculum models for each of her students.
In addition to teaching, Missy is also involved in the DMV music scene in numerous ways. She is currently soprano section leader in an 8-part professional choir at the Basilica of St. Mary in Alexandria, VA, which specializes in Renaissance polyphony and Gregorian chant. Missy also holds internships with two local music organizations; she is a Development Intern with The Washington Chorus and a Research Intern with the Boulanger Initiative, a non-profit that supports female composers, conductors, and performers.
Recently, Missy had the honor of acting as a regional and state panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Awards in 2020. As a regional panelist, Missy was on a panel of judges to assist in awarding independent artists with $2,000 or $10,000 awards. In the state panel, Missy played a role in deciding which artists would receive the $25,000 state prize.