Meet Our Faculty

Lauren Nelson

Faculty Coach, Sinfonia Concert Orchestra


B.M., Eastman School of Music. Graduate Diploma in Music Performance, New England Conservatory. M.M., University of Kentucky School of Music. Her teachers have included Roger Tapping, Deborah Lander, and John Graham. On baroque viola she has studied with Robert Mealy, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Julia Wedman, Adam LaMotte, Patrick Jordan, and Marc Destrube.


Boston-based violist Lauren Nelson is a seasoned teacher as well as a versatile chamber and orchestral musician who is equally at home on both modern and historically informed instruments. Lauren has over a decade of experience teaching violin, viola, chamber music, orchestral sectionals, and group classes to students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds. In addition to maintaining her own private studio, she has also taught at the The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras’ Intensive Community Program (ICP), Waltham Public Schools, and various other El Sistema inspired programs in Boston.

Lauren regularly performs and records with Emmanuel Music, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Odyssey Opera, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Cantata Singers, Chorus Pro Musica, and Groton Hill’s Vista Philharmonic. She is also an established baroque violist, appearing regularly with some of the nation’s leading period ensembles including The Handel + Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, The Connecticut Early Music Festival and the Arpeggione Ensemble. When she’s not practicing, performing or teaching you can find Lauren playing with her daughter, or deep in the woods foraging for mushrooms with her husband, composer Steven Snowden.