About Us: Meet the Musicians
The Mr. and Mrs. George M. Stephens Chair
Prior to becoming principal flute with the North Carolina Symphony, Anne Whaley Laney was principal flute with the Canton Symphony and piccoloist with the Aspen Festival Orchestra.
She has appeared as flute soloist with the St. Louis Symphony as its 1982 Young Artist winner, playing Mozart’s Concerto in D Major, K.314 and with the Canton Symphony playing John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy. She has been featured with the North Carolina Symphony in various roles as a soloist. Along with her solo performances, one of Laney’s most memorable experiences includes playing at Carnegie Hall in 1987 with the North Carolina Symphony.
Laney is a native of Alton, Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University where she studied with Gerald Carey, and her master’s degree from DePaul University where she studied with Donald Peck.
Anne and her husband, attorney/mediator Frank, are loyal Wolfpack fans, attending all of their home football and basketball games. However, son William is now attending UNC-Chapel Hill, so the whole family, including daughter Megan, are conflicted Wolfpack/Tar Heel followers.