Our Director – Laurie Draper

Since moving to Manhattan Beach in 1990, Laurie Draper has been an ardent supporter of the music programs in Manhattan Beach and has donated many countless hours to directing performances and providing music instruction at the elementary level in Manhattan Beach schools. In 2000 and 2001 she directed the first All-District Honor Choirs for Manhattan Beach Schools. For more than ten years, Laurie was the director of the After School Choir program at Pacific Elementary School. In 2007 she started the Sound Arts program at Grand View Elementary which continues to be filled with eager young performers. In addition to directing, Laurie has found a new passion in writing children’s musicals that are aligned with the content standards and curriculum frameworks set by the State of California.

Laurie has performed as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic – New Music Group (working with composer and Grammy winner, Steve Reich) in a West Coast premiere, and “Monday Evening Concerts” (performing such works as Schoenberg’s, Op. 20 and Pierre Boulez’s “Improvisation I and II”). She appeared regularly with orchestras in Seattle, San Diego, and Pasadena. She also performed in many lyric and coloratura operatic roles, including Juliet in “Romeo and Juliet,” Vitellia in “La Clemenza di Tito,” the Queen in “The Magic Flute,” Dorine in “Tartuffe,” Marie in “Daughter of the Regiment,” Beauty in “Beauty and the Beast,” Lauretta in “Gianni Schicchi,” Madame Goldentrill in “The Impresario,” as well as others. Laurie performed solos in the oratorios “Elijah,” “King David,” “Carmina Burana,” the “Messiah,” Mozart’s “Coronation Mass,” and “Regina Coeli,” “The Creation,” and Bach’s Magnificat.” She studied with Henry Holt, Charles Roe, Leonard Stein, and Gwendolyn Koldofsky. She also has recorded back-up Grammy nominated R&B and Gospel albums.

Laurie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education K-12 from Central Washington University and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Southern California. While attending USC she received both the “Opera Award” and “Vocal Award for Outstanding Achievement.”


Our Current Production

Trading Holidays
Performance Dates: Deceber 8th & 10th
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
Performing Arts Center
2617 Bell Avenue • Manhattan Beach


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