An orchestrally trained clarinetist, Art, after a tour of duty in the Air Force, returned to Chicago to pursue a playing career. He played clarinet, flute and saxophone in many recording studios and theater orchestras. During the following years, he composed commercials for many producers. Art wrote the music for thirty-six of the top commercial clients in the country. His compositions also included music ranging from jazz to symphonic. He received many commissions and wrote for combinations of woodwinds, brass, unaccompanied cello, percussion, voice, viola and piano. He received a commission and ultimately a performance for a complete ballet, “The Lynching of Cattle Kate”. Art wrote the entire story, (from an historic happening) and all of the music for the Wyoming Centennial Ballet.
Art Lauer’s works have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Lyric Opera ballet and many individual artists. He was a consummate musician, demanding of himself and his colleagues. He always performed at his personal best and was respected by conductors, contractors and his many friends.