Lauren Cless, violin

Mark your calendars!
Lauren will be leading our Group Class on Thursday, March 28 and a Masterclass on Saturday, March 30th.
Both events will be followed by a Q&A for current and prospective parents.

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Lauren Cless is an experienced pedagogue, orchestral violinist, and chamber musician. She is a graduate of long-term teacher training in the Suzuki violin method volumes 1 - 10 with trainer Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2017, Lauren earned the Certificate of Achievement from the Suzuki Association of the Americas, an award that recognizes teachers with a commitment to excellence, life-long learning, and self-improvement. Read more about her extensive training at the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

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Lauren balances her love of teaching with an active performing career. Living in Chicago since 2011, she’s held positions in the Elgin Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, she was a member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Lauren earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance at Cleveland Institute of Music following her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Major teachers and mentors include Kenneth Goldsmith, Gerardo Ribeiro, David Updegraff, and Stephen Rose.

Lauren performs on her other love of life, a Carcassi violin made in Florence in 1770.

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Lauren is currently a member of the faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education and DePaul University’s Community Music Division. She previously served on the faculty of the Chicago Center for Music Education and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. Lauren also served as violin faculty at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp, Chamber Music of the Rockies, and will be returning this summer to teach at the Colorado Suzuki Institute.