Violinist Lauren Smee has a love of playing that fuels her teaching and a love of teaching that informs her performance.
As a performer, Lauren is a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, and regularly plays with Opera on the Avalon orchestra and the Watershed Ensemble. Together with fellow violinist Carole Bestvater, Lauren co-founded the Isabella Project an initiative that celebrates the music that deserves to be prioritized more in the classical music world. The Isabella Project creates concert events with educational components for all ages centred around the music of women and composers of colour, in venues such as the Battery Cafe and the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series. Most recently, they have participated in Tuckamore Cares, a project creating video performances for long-term care residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An active and enthusiastic teacher, Lauren enjoys running a private studio and teaching with the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s, where she served as Artistic Director from 2014 – 2016. She has frequently been on faculty at the Newfoundland and Labrador Suzuki Institute and in 2017-2018 Lauren was the Project Coordinator of Memorial University’s Chamber Music for Youth program.
Whether on stage or in the studio Lauren is passionate promoting healthy movement. As a licensed Body Mapping Educator she educates musicians on how accurate information about the body in movement can enhance both music pedagogy and musical ability as well as prevent injury. Recently Lauren co-taught a Body Mapping module for the Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Music with Gabriela Sanchez, and is currently teaching a Body Mapping course for children at the Suzuki Talent Education Program.
Lauren holds degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University (Honours B.Mus) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (M.Mus in Violin Performance/Pedagogy) and is grateful to her principal teachers, Dr. Nancy Dahn, Jennifer Johnson, Jerzy Kaplanek, and May Ing.