A native of Los Angeles, California, Lauren Wasynczuk brings enthusiasm for conveying music in innovative ways, reflected in the breadth of her diverse activities as a conductor, educator and artist citizen. Ensembles she has conducted include the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra (Los Angeles, CA), Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA), Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra (Zlín, Czech Republic), London Classical Soloists (London, United Kingdom), Miami Symphony Orchestra (Miami, Florida), Cal State University, Northridge TEMPO New Music Ensemble (Northridge, California), Irvine Classical Players (Irvine, CA), Marina del Rey Summer Symphony (Marina del Rey, CA), Saratoga Orchestra (Whidbey Island, Washington), Santa Monica Symphony (Santa Monica, California), Hollywood Chamber Orchestra (Hollywood, CA), San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (San Luis Obispo, CA) and the Caltech-Occidental Wind Orchestra (Pasadena, CA).
Her work includes serving as Music Director and Conductor of the University of Riverside, Concert Band (Riverside, CA), Artistic & Ensembles Director of Young Musicians Foundation (Los Angeles, CA), Assistant/Cover Conductor of Opera San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA), Assistant Director of the Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble (Hartford, CT), Guest Conductor of the Westlake Village Symphony (Westlake Village, CA) and Guest Conductor of the San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra (San Luis Obispo, CA). Conducting fellowships she has had include the Miami Symphony Orchestra (Miami, FL), Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Allentown, PA) and Saratoga Orchestra (Whidbey Island, WA). As an ambassador for the arts on and off the podium, she serves as a spokesperson and advocate, and actively initiates and develops strategic relationships with external agencies, arts organizations, elected officials, potential sponsors, and other relevant organizations to further advance audience development and community engagement initiatives.
Lauren has worked with non-profit organizations as well as under-resourced schools and community programs throughout the United States, providing access to high quality music education in communities in need of support for arts programming. Through her passion for music education and diversity and inclusion in the arts, she is dedicated to creating new ways for the arts to engage and express what is relevant to all.
Currently, she is studying conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK. Highlights include assistantships with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Psappha. She was also a Leverhulme Arts Scholar at Opera North in Leeds, UK. Additional studies include a Master of Music degree from The Hartt School (West Hartford, CT), graduating as a member of the Pi Kappa Lamba National Music Honor Society, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA). She also serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music Palisades and was a past member of the Development Committee for the American International Paderewski Piano Competition.