Lauren Culver is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Music Education after completing a Master of Music in Viola Performance and String Pedagogy at the University of Oregon. Ms. Culver studied viola with Dr. Leslie Straka and string pedagogy with Lillie Manis. 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. In the summer of 2016, Ms. Culver received Britt Festival Orchestra‘s viola fellowship. During this fellowship, she 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.