Dr. Charles Laux is the Director of Orchestras at Alpharetta High School where his duties include directing four levels of orchestra, including the nationally recognized AHS Symphony Orchestra, and teaching class guitar. He also serves as Essential Elements clinician, consultant, and contributor for the Hal Leonard Corporation. Additionally he is an endorsed artist/educator and clinician for D’Addario Orchestral Strings and Eastman Strings. Dr. Laux holds degrees in music education from Ohio University, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, with a minor in educational technology.
From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Laux served as Assistant Professor of String Music Education at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia. At KSU, his responsibilities included teaching courses in string techniques & pedagogy, instrumental methods, and music education technology. He also supervised student teachers, conducted the KSU Philharmonic, coordinated string outreach, and served as director of the KSU String Project and Summer Music Intensive. Under his leadership, the KSU String Project grew to provide group lessons to over 100 students taught by 14 undergraduate music education majors.
Dr. Laux spent fifteen years as a public school orchestra director in Nevada, Florida, and Ohio. In 1996, he began directing orchestras in the Clark County School District. During his term in the CCSD, Dr. Laux was chair of the CCSD Middle School Honor Orchestra and served as a technology consultant for the secondary music teachers.
In 2003 Dr. Laux relocated to Orlando, Florida to begin teaching in the Orange County Public Schools. There he served as the orchestra director and guitar instructor at Cypress Creek High School. After two years at Cypress Creek, Dr. Laux was appointed as the orchestra director Winter Park High School. In 2006, the Winter Park Philharmonic was selected to perform at the prestigious Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
For the 2007-2008 school year, Dr. Laux served as a graduate teaching associate in strings and full-time Ph.D. student in residence at The Ohio State University under the supervision of world-renowned string pedagogue and researcher, Dr. Robert Gillespie. His teaching duties included teaching string methods and string technique labs for music education majors, supervising student teachers, and serving as assistant conductor for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Strings.
Dr. Laux served as director of orchestra, grades 7-12, in the New Albany-Plain Local Schools in New Albany, Ohio during the 2008-2009 school year. From 2009-2012, Dr. Laux served as orchestra director at Heritage Middle School and a string specialist in the Hilliard City Schools, Hilliard, Ohio.
In addition to public school teaching, Dr. Laux spent twelve years teaching as an adjunct faculty member at the collegiate level. He taught for the College of Southern Nevada and Valencia College (Orlando, FL) teaching online music appreciation courses and applied string lessons. He has also served as an adjunct faculty member at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught string instrument methods.
Dr. Laux’s leadership roles include serving as president of the Nevada and Florida chapters of the American String Teacher’s Association (ASTA) and as the southern division representative on the NAfME Council for Orchestral Education. He is also a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association, College Music Society, Association for Technology in Music Education (ATMI), the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.
A dynamic presenter, Dr. Laux completed over 100 educational sessions at conferences in 21 states, including national conferences such as the Midwest Clinic (2007, 2014), the American String Teachers Association, the Technology Institute for Music Education (TI:ME). In 2016, Dr. Laux was selected as the featured string clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference where he presented a series of 4 session on string/orchestra pedagogy. He has conducted regional orchestras in Florida, Georgia, Ohio, New Mexico, and South Carolina. His state-level appearances include the 2012 New Mexico All-State Concert Orchestra, the 2013 Georgia MEA Statewide Honor Orchestra, and the South Carolina Middle School All-State Orchestra in 2016.
He has performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, the Nevada Chamber Symphony, and several other orchestral ensembles. From 2008-2012 Dr. Laux was the business manager and violinist in The Columbus String Quartet. In 2016, he performed as a soloist, collaborating with several members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Laux remains in frequent demand across the nation as a presenter, orchestra clinician, conductor, and adjudicator.