Laurie Middaugh, received both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance from the University of Montevallo studying piano with Ms. Joan Cowan and Dr. Anthony Pattin, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Alabama studying piano with Mrs. Amanda Penick. Dr. Middaugh’s interest in collaborative piano began as a freshman at the University of Montevallo when she began playing for lessons and recitals for fellow students as part of her scholarship. In addition to her education in piano performance Dr. Middaugh has also received coaching in collaborative piano in master classes with Dalton Baldwin, John Steele Ritter, and Dennis Helmrich. She was a student at the American Institute of Music Study (AIMS) in Graz, Austria, where she coached lieder with Betty Bullock and Nico de Villiers, and piano with Charlene Harb, and participated in the Music Directors Intensive at Goodspeed Opera House.
Dr. Middaugh has served as staff accompanist at the University of Montevallo for the past fifteen years collaborating with student, faculty, guest artist recitals, operas, revues, and musical theater productions. She also serves as Music Director for the Division of Theater, and teaches classes in ear training, theory, and keyboard for both the music and theater departments. She has collaborated with area professionals, worked with Opera Birmingham, regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, the Alabama Symphony, and Alabama Ballet. Dr. Middaugh is also organist and choir director at the Anglican Church of the Holy Comforter in Montevallo where she lives with her husband, professor emeritus of voice, Dr. Bennie Middaugh.