Born in Elgin, Illinois, Tina Laughlin received her B.M. and M.M. in Percussion Performance from DePaul University. Her training also included eight years with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she performed under the direction of Daniel Baren-boim, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, and Sir Georg Solti. A freelance artist, Laughlin performs with organizations throughout the Chicago area including Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Orchestra, Lake Forest Symphony, San Francisco Ballet (on tour), Joffrey Ballet, Chicago Sinfonietta, Light Opera Works, and Elgin Symphony. A strong advocate of new music, Laughlin became a core member of the acclaimed Fulcrum Point New Music Project in 2000. She also appears regularly on the New Music DePaul concert series and with CUBE.