Laurice Lanier - Trowell, named By Maryland Public Television as "One of the Most Versatile Voices on the Planet", is originally from Jackson, TN. Ms Lanier is graduate of The Juilliard School. Ms. Lanier is the owner and head music and performing arts instructor at Laurice Lanier Music Studio. Ms. Lanier serves as Music Director for Langley Air Force Base Protestant Chapel' Langley, VA and Artistic Director for Lowry Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. Lanier's strong vocal training comes from the incomparable, Edith Bers. Ms. Lanier has over 16 years of teaching music privately, directing choirs, conducting Master Classes, and performing in churches and performance halls in the US and abroad. Ms. Lanier is known as an exquisite and professional Performer and Entertainer, Piano and Voice Instructor, Lecturer, and Pedagogy Scholar.
Ms. Lanier has studied piano since the age of 6. Her piano training comes from the Late Alicia Dunn of Chicago, IL and Soo-Young Kim, piano instructor at The Juilliard School. Laurice has been named by Maryland Public Television, One of the Most Versatile Voices in the Planet. She has performed various roles in opera houses. She has also performed in theatres, concerts halls, private functions, and churches throughout the United States and abroad. Her performances include, Handel's Messiah with the Metropolitan Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., Brahm's Alto Rhapsody, El Amor Brujo, with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Jackson, TN, and a Spiritual Concert Series with Gaby Leib Cuturais Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rio di Janeiro, Brazil, and the Capitol, Brasilia. Laurice presented a concert for Sigma Gamma Rho's National Convention in Miami Florida. She has performed in Carnegie Hall as a Leontyne Price Showcase Winner, New York, NY, Bach Christmas Oratorio with the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, TN, Holiday Pops Concert with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, IL, and the Black History Opera View with Opera Memphis, Memphis, TN. Laurice has also performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for their Martin Luther King Celebration at the Nashville Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. She opened TN's General Assembly with a performance of America the Beautiful on Tennessee's Capitol Hill. Laurice performed for the Hampton Ministers', Organists', and Choir Guild Conference at Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Laurice has been awarded various awards. Her awards include, Outstanding Musician Award from the Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, MI and the Most Outstanding Musician Award from Hartwick College Summer Music Festival & Institute, Oneonta, NY. Laurice received scholarships to attend Opera Works Intensive Study at University of California at Northridge, and the Music Academy of the West under the direction of Opera Diva, Marilyn Horne, in Santa Barbara, CA. Her most recent award comes from her performance on the 3 Mo' Divas' CD. The 3 Mo' Divas' CD was nominated for a 2010 Image Award for Best Duo, Group, or Collaboration with artists, Alicia Keys & Jay-Z, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, and Kanye West.
Director Baz Luhrmann selected Laurice for the cast of the Broadway production of Puccini's La Boheme. Laurice was selected out of three thousand singers to represent the state of New York in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria. She was one out of fourteen singers to make it to the finals and perform in Vienna's beautiful and elegant city hall.
Menno Feenstra, artistic director of the Royal Opera House said, "When Laurice sings you forget the bad in your life". Eric Reszynak, writer and critic for the Rochester City Newspaper said, "If you look inside Lanier, you will find a small hole that would somehow be connected to God's walkie-talkie".
Laurice has performed in 3 Mo' Divas which has aired on over 785 PBS stations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The 3 Mo' Divas CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray are available for purchase in Barnes and Nobles, and many other stores across the country. Laurice and her husband, Demetrius Trowell, presently own Trowell Entertainment, INC which educates and promotes the careers of other young artist and offers music education for students ages 4 to 99.