Violinist Lauren Smee has a love of playing that fuels her teaching and a love of teaching that informs her performance.
As a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Lauren has enjoyed the opportunity to work with artists such as Andre LaPlante and Mark Fewer. She regularly plays in the Opera on the Avalon orchestra and has performed on the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series. Together with Carole Bestvater, Lauren is co-founder of the Isabella Project, a brand new performance initiative that celebrates the music of women composers.
Whether on stage or in the studio Lauren is passionate about preventing playing-related injury. As an Andover Educator she educates musicians on how accurate information about the body in movement can enhance both music pedagogy and musical ability.
Lauren enjoys teaching with the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s, where she served as Artistic Director from 2014 – 2016. She has been on faculty at the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute and in 2017-2018 Lauren was the Project Coordinator of Memorial University’s Chamber Music for Youth 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.