Lauren Culver

Viola, Violin Teacher

Lauren Culver

SAA Member

I recently finished two master’s degrees, a Master of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy at the University of Oregon. I studied viola with Dr. Leslie Straka, Dr. Arnaud Ghillebaert, and string pedagogy as well as Suzuki philosophy with Lillian Manis. While studying at the University of Oregon, I held a fellowship that allowed me to perform in the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and teach violin and viola at the Community Music Institute.

In 2015, I graduated from St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota) with a Bachelor of Arts in Music on viola with a Concentration in Management Studies. At St. Olaf College, I studied viola with Charles Gray and was a member of the nationally and internationally recognized St. Olaf Orchestra that strives for the highest professional standards and tours annually under the direction of Steven Amundsen. During my undergraduate studies, I spent the spring semester of 2014 in Milan, Italy studying viola with Mauro Righini and had an assistantship with the Milano Classica Orchestra performing on both modern and baroque viola. Prior to my undergraduate studies, I studied viola with Danny Seidenberg in Salem, Oregon. I have spent summers studying at both Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont and the High Peaks Festival in the Catskill Mountains (NY). In the summer of 2016, I received Britt Festival Orchestra‘s viola fellowship. During this fellowship, I performed alongside members of the Britt Orchestra under the baton of Music Director Teddy Abrams, was mentored by professional orchestral musicians, and programmed and performed several outreach concerts in a string quartet with the other fellows. When I am not teaching or performing, I enjoy cooking, running, and spending time exploring the Pacific Northwest.