Violist Laura Bruton, Principal Viola of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, joined the orchestra as a section violist in 1985. In 1988 she won the title of Principal Viola and has performed as a featured soloist with the FWSO. A native of North Carolina, Laura received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied violin with Elaine Richey and viola with Sally Peck. Laura also attended the St. Louis Conservatory of Music for graduate school on a full scholarship, where she was a student of renowned violist Michael Tree of the Guarneri String Quartet. She studied chamber music there with Michael Tree, Jaime Laredo and George Silfies. In addition to her work with the Wyeth String Quartet, Laura has performed extensively with many of north Texas' chamber music groups such as the Van Cliburn Foundation's "Cliburn at the Bass" and "Cliburn at the Modern" series, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, Texas Christian University's "Piano Texas" and "Faculty and Friends" series, the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth, The Spectrum, the Hall Ensemble and the Basically Beethoven Festival. Laura recorded the complete Piano Quartets of Johannes Brahms with the Clementi Quartet on the Encore label. In 1995 Laura was invited to perform as Principal Viola for the Dallas Opera's production of "Elektra" by Richard Strauss. She has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra and Chorus of St. Louis, the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra, the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra and the Piedmont Chamber Players and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Bruton served as Principal Viola of the Breckenridge Music Institute Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Laura is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Texas and has a private teaching studio.