Violinist Laura Speck Camacho maintains an active and varied performing and teaching career. She is currently Instructor of Violin and Chamber Music at Western Washington University and Instructor of Violin at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp. Previously she has held adjunct and assistant teaching positions at Vanderbilt University and at Arizona State University.
Dr. Speck Camacho has been a member of the Phoenix Opera, Des Moines Symphony, and Des Moines Metro Opera, and has performed regularly with The Phoenix Symphony, Nashville Symphony, and Nashville Chamber Orchestra. She has been featured as a soloist and guest concertmaster with the Benzie Symphony Orchestra, appeared as guest concertmaster with the Skagit Opera, and performed frequently as guest assistant principal with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Her diverse musical background includes performing backup violin to Kanye West, as well as touring nationally with Vince Gill and Amy Grant. World premiere performances include a new opera by James DeMars featuring Carlos Nakai on Native American flute, and a work written by Ola Gjeilo for Grammy Award winning Phoenix Chorale, string quartet and piano. Dr. Speck Camacho is committed to bringing chamber music to the community, and frequently appears in concert with the Bellingham Chamber Music Society, Interlochen Faculty Chamber Recital Series and Faculty Concert Series at Western Washington University.
Dr. Speck Camacho holds a Bachelor of Music from Vanderbilt University, where she also holds a degree in Art and Art History. She completed her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Arizona State University, with a research specialty in body awareness and injury prevention for string players. She has recently presented masterclasses on musician wellness, and is committed to promoting this topic in her own teaching studio. Dr. Speck Camacho has studied chamber music with members of the Emerson, Julliard, Kronos and St. Lawrence String Quartets, and her principal teachers include Dr. Jonathan Sturm, Christian Teal and Dr. Katherine McLin.