School of Music
Laurie Redmer Minner conducts the Southern Adventist University Symphony Orchestra
and is an associate professor of music at Southern.
Since her arrival here in 2000, Mrs. Minner has often played in the intramural sports leagues, but most of her activities center around the School of Music, where she gives violin and viola lessons and coaches various string ensembles.
She was born in Washington state and graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy. She played violin in the Walla Walla College Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony. She received her undergraduate degree in music education (violin emphasis) at Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts. She has run K-12 music programs at South Lancaster and Greater Boston Academies, as well as teaching at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass. She continued her studies at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where she received masters of music degrees in viola performance and conducting.
Mrs. Minner taught at Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) and Takoma Academy in Maryland before coming to Southern.
She has conducted the Young People’s Philharmonia and the Salisbury Singers in Massachusetts, and has traveled extensively with music groups on tours of Europe, Russia, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, South America, and Asia. During her college years (and well beyond) she was a member of the New England Youth Ensemble, which traveled the world. In 2002 Mrs. Minner traveled to Peru to spend a week as guest conductor of the National Conservatory Orchestra in Lima. More recently she has conducted the GC Orchestra at the General Conference Sessions of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church in 2005 (St. Louis) and 2010 (Atlanta).
In her 14 years at Southern, Mrs. Minner has taken the Symphony Orchestra on tour to Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and in May of 2014 spent two weeks in Argentina giving 13 concerts in 14 days.
Mrs. Minner’s current duties at Southern include conducting the symphony orchestra, giving private lessons on viola and violin, and teaching Basic Conducting, Instrumental Conducting, String Methods classes, Music in the Secondary School, Elementary Music Methods, and Music in Western Culture.
She and her husband, Ray, (who died unexpectedly and suddenly on July 3, 2012) had three adult daughters - Jennifer (Payne), Megan (Rook), and Katie (Partlo); a son, Caleb; three grandchildren – Juliana, Alistair and Ellis – and a faithful Labrador retriever, Monty.