LaSaundra Booth, Founder
LaSaundra Booth, Founder
Integrity Strings is a registered music booking agency that was founded in 2005, by LaSaundra Booth. Mrs. Booth is a living testimony that "with GOD all things are possible" (Matt.19:26, KJV). Mrs. Booth was raised in a single parent home. Her mother worked at a gas station for over twenty years to provide for Mrs. Booth and her older sister. When Mrs. Booth entered into the fourth grade, she volunteered to participate in her school's pilot orchestra program. Mrs. Booth did not know that playing the cello would ignite a passion for learning and serve as the foundation upon which her call to teach would be birthed. She has over twenty-four years of performance experience. Mrs. Booth has performed with the Greensboro Philharmonia, Duke Symphony Orchestra, Durham Symphony, Raleigh Symphony, and completed a two week mini-tour in Sydney, Australia.
Mrs. Booth has a B.A. in Performance with a concentration in Cello, a Master's Degree in Music Education with a concentration in String Pedagogy from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is currently working on her doctoral dissertation in the area of Educational Leadership. Mrs. Booth is a licensed Music Educator, and has been teaching for twelve years. She currently teaches orchestra in North Carolina. Mrs. Booth is an active member of the North Carolina Music Educators Association, as well as the National Association for Music Educators. In 2008, Mrs. Booth was featured on the cover of the NC Symphony's Opus magazine. In 2009, Mrs. Booth was awarded a $1,000 Horace Mann Continuing Education Grant. She was also featured on an episode of One Tree Hill, the WB network's hit television series. In 2011, Mrs. Booth accepted an invitation to perform on Spiritual Awakenings, a local inspirational television show. In 2014, Mrs. Booth was nominated for a Grammy Music Educator Award. In October 2015, Mrs. Booth became a recording artist! Her work is featured on a new recording project soon to be released by Playground Studios in Durham, N.C. (TO GOD BE THE GLORY!)
Mrs. Booth not only has a passion for playing instruments, but for nurturing the gifts and talents within others. Despite her students not taking private lessons, Mrs. Booth has led her orchestras to receive consecutive superior ratings in festivals throughout the East Coast. In addition to teaching in public schools, Mrs. Booth is the founder and executive director of the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra. Mrs. Booth was featured on WCPE for establishing the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra (WFCYO), a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides orchestral instruction and instruments to Pre-K through 12th grade students.
Mrs. Booth recognizes first hand that participation in orchestra can transform the life of a child. For this reason, she encourages all youth to fully realize their full musical potential by participating in orchestra. Mrs. Booth views teaching, performing with Integrity Strings, and leading the Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra as a ministry. She gives GOD all the glory for the things that He has done and continues to do in her life!