Lauren Cless is an experienced pedagogue, orchestral violinist, and chamber musician. She completed long-term teacher training in units 1-10 of the Suzuki violin method with Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music Sato Center for Suzuki studies. Additional training includes the Suzuki teaching practicum and Suzuki Principles in Action. In 2017, Lauren was a recipient of 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. Prior to joining the faculty in Western Springs, she 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 Counter Point Chamber Music Camp, Colorado Suzuki Institute and Chamber Music of the Rockies.
Lauren is an active performer and freelance violinist in the Chicago area, with positions in the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. She previously was a full-time member of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Lauren earned a Master of Music in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University. Her major teachers and mentors include Kenneth Goldsmith, Gerardo Ribeiro, David Updegraff, Stephen Rose, and Kimberly Meier-Sims.
She lives in Forest Park with her husband and two young children and will soon take on a new role as Suzuki Parent! You can catch her performing this month in the pit for Chicago Opera Theater's production of Iolanta and the Salt Creek Ballet's Nutcracker. She performs on her other love in life, a Carcassi violin made in Florence in 1770.