SoSco Flute & Guitar Duo

Exquisite sound, outstanding musicianship and inspiring performances are the hallmarks of the award-winning SoSco Flute & Guitar Duo. Known for their sensitive interpretations and polished presentation, SoSco Duo has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent small ensembles in Arizona.

SoSco Duo (Laura Strickland, flute and Alex Mack, guitar) is a popular acoustic duo who has played over 500 performances at weddings, special events and concerts since the inception of the group in 2014. Having both earned music degrees from top music schools, Laura and Alex are equally skilled at performing a wide range of styles including classical, contemporary, standard songs, Disney, Broadway favorites, jazz, folk, Spanish, Celtic and other world music.

SoSco Duo been named “Best Local Band/Musician” for three years in a row by Arizona Foothills Magazine. They were nominated for the Governor’s Arts Award presented by the Arizona Citizens for the Arts in partnership with the Office of the Governor.

SoSco Duo are the Musical Artists in Residence at WHAM Community Art Center in Surprise, AZ where they play public concerts quarterly in the gallery.

Alex is a freelance musician who attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Songwriting as well as studying guitar and voice. During college he performed over 1,000 shows for Cedar Point Amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio and upon graduation, he was hired by Princess Cruises as principal orchestra guitarist where he traveled throughout Europe, the Pacific and Caribbean. In addition to being a founding member of the SoSco Duo, Alex is the Creative Director with Lonely Street Productions, a nostalgia-based nationally touring production company. Alex was born and raised in Arizona.

Laura Strickland is a freelance flutist who spent many year studying music before becoming a professional. She has an undergraduate degree in flute performance from Northwestern University in Chicago and a master’s degree in flute performance from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She later returned to Northwestern to get a master’s degree in music theory. She did doctoral studies in flute performance and literature at the University of Maryland and University of Illinois.

In addition to playing with SoSco Duo, Laura teaches private flute lessons in Phoenix and is the Business Manager for Woodwinds by Germann, a high-end woodwind repair shop in Phoenix. Laura holds the position of Manager, Business Strategy with the FrameShift Group who performs coaching and consulting in quality improvement and change management for healthcare systems.
Before relocating to Phoenix, Laura performed on flute and piccolo in a wide range of ensembles throughout Chicago, Cincinnati, Seattle and Washington D.C. Laura grew up in Seattle.

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