About Lauren Baker

Lauren Baker ViolinLauren Baker has maintained a private Suzuki violin studio in Lafayette, Louisiana for 28 years. Her students have enjoyed master classes with such well-known artists as the Cavani String Quartet, the Linden Quartet, David Cerone, Midori, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg and others. As well as attending summer Suzuki institutes, they have attended other leading summer programs including Tanglewood, Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute, and Encore, Too. Conservatories her students have attended include the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (CCM).They have performed as soloists many times for the Acadiana Symphony Educational Concert Series.

 

Ms. Baker has enjoyed being on the faculty of summer Suzuki institutes across the country. She has taken Suzuki teacher training from many instructors including including the late John Kendall and Louise Behrand, plus Bill Starr, Ronda Cole, Teri Einfeldt, Linda Fiore, and others. Her teachers have included her mother, Nancy Head, Harold Wolf, and David Cerone. She was a performance major at Oberlin Conservatory and earned a BA degree in Communications from Spring Hill College.

She is an active performer and, throughout her career, has belonged to several orchestras across the South including the New Orleans Symphony and Mobile Symphony Orchestras. She has been concertmaster for 25 years of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra where she has been a featured soloist numerous times. She is an active performer in the Acadiana area serving as concertmaster for several chamber orchestras.

 

For many years, Ms. Baker has served as Chairman of the Orchestra Committee for the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra which has seen dramatic positive changes over the last few years. She is committed to keeping classical music vibrant in her community as well promoting the Suzuki method. Her latest project is to work in partnership with the ASO to present the first annual Acadiana Suzuki Institute in June of 2013, as it’s director.

 

One of her most challenging and rewarding jobs ever was to be both teacher and practice parent for her (now grown) children, Garrett and Maren. She is fortunate to be married to Dr. Paul Baker, Upper School Head of Episcopal School of Acadiana, who is also an active musician. He serves as accompanist for Ms. Baker’s studio.