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About Laura Baxter

Laura Baxter 

Laura Baxter

Opera Singer & Master Trainer
Performance Expert
Award-Winning Speaker

For over 25 years, the American Opera Singer and Performance Coach Laura Baxter has studied the effects of the voice and body on non-verbal communication and leadership. Through her seminars, university courses and keynote speeches, she shares her research and experience not only with actors and singers, but also with business and political leaders worldwide. She helps her clients to excel both on and off the stage!

As a young singer Laura Baxter successfully participated in many competitions receiving at age 21 the first Louis Sudler Award for the Arts given at Emory University. She continued to develop her skills not only as a singer, but also as a teacher, a stage director and an expert in mental training. Radio and television broadcasts also bore witness to her talent. Her program „The Art of Song" with William Powell was recorded and broadcast nationwide by National Public Radio. On the wide screen Ms. Baxter debuted as the singing voice of Serena Joy (played by Faye Dunaway) in the feature film "The Handmaidʼs Tale".

Ms. Baxter uses her stage experience to help business and political leaders to overcome stress and to excel in difficult situations. She also gives keynote speeches on the international stage, in which she combines musical theater and business themes into an entertaining, inspiring and informative event for everyone! In 2011 Ms. Baxter won the German Speakersʼ Association (GSA) Newcomer Casting Award with her Keynote Speech "The Power of Presence!" Ms. Baxter is also a member of Speakersʼ Excellenceʼs Top 100 Trainers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

In addition to her performance career, Laura Baxter was on the vocal faculty at the renown Duke University and has been on the faculty at the Friedrich-Alexander-University in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, since 1999, and she co-authored the book Die besten Ideen für mehr Humor ("The Best Ideas for more Humor", GABAL Verlag Top Speakers Edition, 2013).


BA in Music, Emory University, 1984
MM in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy, The Ohio State Univ., 1986 MA in Musicology (ABD), The Ohio State University, 1986 STRUCTOGRAM®-Trainer, 2004
Suggestopädie, 2004
NLP Master Trainer, 1999 - 2008

Areas of Expertise:

Executive Coaching in Presentation and Crisis Management Peak Performance / Mental Training / Communication


  • Baxter, L. (2013). Vom toten Kanarienvogel bis zum achwangeren Prinzen. Oder: Die fünf Kernelemente des Humors für Top-Speaker. In: GABAL Verlag Top Speakers Edition (Hrsg. mit Sabine Asgodom). Die besten Ideen für mehr Humor. S. 20-32.
  • Baxter, L. (2012). Die Kunst des Überzeugens: Mit Stimme und Körper dynamisch wirkungsvoll auftreten. In: Landsiedel, S. (Hrsg.). Landsiedel Kongress 2011. Wiesentheid, S. 53-64.


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