Composer

Laura V. Belanger had an interest in music composition and arranging at an early age.  She often arranged music for high school ensembles and had the good fortune of being part of a free style music class at her high school where composition was a focus. She also attended an experimental summer arts program where she had the opportunity to meet and work with composer, Richard Cumming

At Manhattan School of Music, Laura studied both organ and music theory. Her organ professors included Bronson Ragan and Frederick Swann. While at MSM, Laura also studied composition with Ursula Mamlok and Ludmila Ulehla.  Upon graduation, she received the Bronson Ragan Award for outstanding organ performance.  

After college, Laura spent many years directing church choirs and choral organizations, continuing to compose and arrange music.  It was at First Parish Church, Sherborn, MA that Laura began to cultivate her composing skills.  She wrote numerous smaller choral pieces still in use today at First Parish.  It was at that point that Laura began to explore the possibility of making her music more widely available with many of those pieces becoming the basis for Laura's collection, "O That I Had a Thousand Voices".  

In this collection, you will find many choral texts intended as introits and benedictions for the Unitarian Universalist or United Church of Christ traditions but are suitable for many other worship traditions.

Please take the time to explore Laura's music through the audio samples and sheet music store. We hope that you will find words and music together that fill a liturgical need and offer new inspiration for your choir and congregation!