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, and is a member of the faculty at the Western Springs School of Talent Education. 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. Lauren also served as faculty at Point Counter Point Chamber Music Camp for four summers, where she taught violin and coached chamber ensembles.

In addition to being an enthusiastic Suzuki pedagogue, Ms. Cless maintains an active performing career. She currently holds positions in the Elgin Symphony and Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. She previously spent three years playing 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.