Lauren Culver

Viola, Violin Teacher

Lauren Culver

SAA Member

Lauren Culver is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy at the University of Oregon in the studio of Dr. Leslie Straka. As the recipient of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra Graduate Teaching Fellowship, she is both a section member of the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at the Community Music Institute.

In 2015, Ms. Culver 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, she 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 her undergraduate studies, she 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 her undergraduate studies, Ms. Culver studied viola with Danny Seidenberg in Salem, Oregon. Ms. Culver has spent summers studying at both Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival in Vermont and the High Peaks Festival in the Catskill Mountains (NY).

Ms. Culver strives to provide opportunities in musically underserved communities. In 2011, she created a summer string program for the local Boys and Girls Club in Salem, Oregon, called Summer Street Strings, in which she taught string techniques to club members (grades 1-12). During her last year at St. Olaf College, she started a student-led partnership, called Musical Connections, at the Greenvale Community School in Northfield, Minnesota. The program offered weekly lessons to elementary and middle school students instructed by a St. Olaf student or musician-mentor at no cost. In addition to the viola, she holds interests in arts administration, business management, running, and cooking.