Lauren Ellis Scott is a graduate of Temple and Stony Brook Universities, where her primary teachers included William de Pasquale and Kerri Ryan. She was awarded the 2009 Max Aronoff Prize for excellence in the fields of music education and instrumental performance, and she was nominated for the 2016 Stony Brook University 40 Under 40 in education.
Lauren has worked as a music director for over half a decade, guiding young musicians in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Her students have received Metropolitan Theater Awards and top honors from the New York State School Music Association. Lauren conducted student ensembles in Shanghai during a cultural exchange program, and she worked as the chairperson for multiple festival orchestra events in New York State. During an internship with the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Lauren helped implement an array of education music programs ranging from community events with Yo-Yo Ma and Lang Lang to music therapy residency programs. She was a lead Teaching Artist in The Philadelphia Orchestra’s School Ensemble Program, bringing violin and viola instruction to some of the city’s underserved communities. She coached violinists and violists in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra, and Stringendo of the Hudson Valley before joining the faculty of the DC Youth Orchestra Program in 2018.
An active freelance musician, Lauren began her professional career in the first violin section of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra. She was a violist for the Bard Conducting Institute Orchestra and is excited to be spending her sixth summer at AIMS in Graz! Lauren has performed with the Ridgefield Symphony, Charleston Symphony, The Philly POPS, and the Delaware Symphony, and she has recorded music at NFL Films for Super Bowls 50, LI, and LII. Lauren has even sung onstage at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with Steve Martin, though mostly for comedic effect.
Lauren maintains a small private studio and specializes in Suzuki instruction. Currently, she is a freelance violinist in and around the District of Columbia and teaches in the Fairfax County Public Schools.