Violinist Lauren Rausch enjoys a dynamic career as an artist-teacher in the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. An active recitalist with programs this spring at Catholic University and historic Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, she performs regularly with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and recently represented Carnegie Hall as a teaching artist for PlayUSA, a program that supports music for children in underserved communities across the country.
A devoted performer of new music, Rausch is a founding member and Managing Director of SONAR, an award-winning ensemble based in Baltimore. She regularly appears as a soloist for Baltimore’s Evolution Contemporary Music Series where she has worked with composers such as John Luther Adams, Caroline Shaw, and Missy Mazzoli. Her advocacy of new music extends to her teaching – Lauren encourages students of all levels to perform new music and has presented on this topic at the most recent national conference of the American String Teachers Association.
Rausch is on the faculty at the Peabody Preparatory where she also serves as Assistant Director of the Young Peoples’ String Program. In her role as Coordinator of the Tuned-In Strings program, she partners with the Baltimore Symphony’s OrchKids program to bring promising young students from the city to study at Peabody. Rausch was recently appointed Director of Allegro Strings, a summer program for string students with campuses in Towson and Howard County. She also maintains a successful private studio and regularly leads workshops for young string students in throughout the region. In addition to her work with pre-college musicians, she serves as an instructor at the Peabody Conservatory and at the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at JHU. Rausch holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the University of Oregon, and Arizona State University, and has performed at major festivals throughout North America.
The Young People’s String Program (YPSP) is a creative blend of Suzuki philosophy, Paul Rolland’s approach to movement in string playing, and traditional string pedagogy.