Lauren Cless

Violin Teacher

Lauren Cless

SAA Member


Acton, MA
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Lauren Cless is an experienced pedagogue, orchestral violinist, and chamber musician. She is on the faculty at the Rivers School Conservatory and previously was a member of the faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education from 2014 -2019. She is a graduate of long-term teacher training in the Suzuki violin method with trainer Kimberly Meier-Sims at the Cleveland Institute of Music Sato Center for Suzuki studies. Her complete Suzuki method training includes units 1-10, teaching practicum, and Suzuki Principles in Action. From 2010-2012, she served on the Suzuki Strings faculty of the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. In the summer, Lauren can be found teaching at the Colorado Suzuki Institute, and she also served as faculty at Point CounterPoint Chamber Music Camp, where she taught violin and coached chamber ensembles.

In addition to being an enthusiastic Suzuki pedagogue, Ms. Cless maintains an active performing career. She has held positions in the Elgin Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, and was a substitute in the Milwaukee Symphony. She previously spent three years playing full time in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Lauren Cless 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. Major teachers and mentors include Kenneth Goldsmith, Gerardo Ribeiro, David Updegraff, Stephen Rose, and Kimberly Meier-Sims.

Together with her husband, a violinist/composer, Lauren owns a thriving business that performs live string music for weddings all over New England. She lives in Acton, MA with her three young children, and is a Suzuki parent to her 8year old daughter.