Violist Lauren Nelson believes that music has the power to reach everyone. Growing up in rural New Hampshire, she was a regular participant at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music where she learned how classical music can bring people from all walks of life together, and how specifically chamber music has the power to build communities. Nowadays, she’s building a career that combines performing, teaching and social action to make an impact on her community. A recent graduate of Boston’s New England Conservatory (Graduate Diploma) she is making an impact teaching music to the children of the Haitian community of Hyde Park, MA.
Lauren’s performance career takes her through many musical environments, from Boston’s Jordan Hall, to New York’s Whitney Museum with the Wordless Music Ensemble, from Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center to Sculler’s Jazz Club in Cambridge, MA. Most recently she has performed with The Apple Hill String Quartet, Phillip Ying, David Ying, Mark Fewer and Susan Cahill. Lauren is also a regular sub with the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, FL. She is an active freelancer in and around the Boston area and is starting to get involved with local bands. Lauren’s early influences have manifested themselves in extensive work within the string quartet repertoire. While working on her Master’s Degree at the Music School of the University of Kentucky she was the violist in the Niles String Quartet. With this group she worked with the Juilliard String Quartet at their Intensive Quartet Seminar and studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta Canada.
Lauren is also a committed educator and arts advocate. She is fully behind the El Sistema movement, and is currently a dedicated teacher at the Youth and Family Enrichment Services after school program in Hyde Park. Here she focuses on musical and personal development through peer-teaching and rigorous lessons and rehearsals.
Lauren studied viola with Roger Tapping at the New England Conservatory. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Deborah Lander and John Graham, respectively.