Lauren Paul is a freelance violinist, experienced orchestral violinist, violin teacher, and chamber musician. Ms. Paul recently relocated to Chicago after three seasons as a full time member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, where she still performs regularly. She holds the position of Assistant Principal Second Violin of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. In 2011 she was a featured artist on the Levine Presents series, performing in a recital for broadcast on Classical WETA. Previously, she served as Concertmaster of the Mansfield Symphony, and also appeared as soloist, performing Vaughn Williams’ Lark Ascending. Ms. Paul was a member of the Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, and RED: An Orchestra. As a former member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Lauren trained with members of the Chicago Symphony and performed under notable conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, and Pinchas Zukerman. Ms. Paul has been featured in Piccolo Spoleto Festival performances and participated in festivals including National Repertory Orchestra, Kent-Blossom, Musicorda, American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and the Des Moines Metro Opera.
A committed and respected pedagogue, Ms. Paul is the graduate of long-term teacher training in the Suzuki violin method with trainer Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Sato Center for Suzuki studies. Her complete Suzuki method training includes books 1-10 and 100 hours of observation and teaching practicum. From 2010-2012, she served on the Suzuki Strings faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. In 2008 she took a lead role in the 100 Violin Project for the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The project involved teaching violin to 100 fourth graders at Title 1 schools and culminated in a performance with the Charleston Symphony during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In addition, Ms. Paul previously served on the applied lessons faculty at the Ashley Hall School and the Solon Center for the Arts.
Ms. Paul earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University, with a minor in American History. Ms. Paul’s major teachers and mentors include Kenneth Goldsmith, Gerardo Ribeiro, David Updegraff, Stephen Rose, and Kimberly Meier-Sims.
During the summer, Lauren is on the faculty at Point Counter Point Chamber Music Camp, where she coaches and performs chamber music, and teaches violin.