Lauren Wasynczuk, American conductor with Polish-Ukrainian heritage, brings enthusiasm for conveying music in innovative ways, reflected in the breadth of her diverse activities as a conductor, educator and artist citizen. She is passionate about designing and delivering inclusive and relevant performance projects across a wide array of contexts, while also creating new spaces for musical exploration utilizing technologies such as telematics and multimedia. She has extensive experience with this particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lauren has collaborated cross-culturally, creating performance opportunities beyond the traditional concert hall, to engage with communities not as widely reached and applies the values of equity, diversity and inclusion within her work multifaceted work.
Her conducting experience spans from working with youth to professionals in a variety of settings including wind band, symphony orchestra, opera and vocal ensembles in the United States, Europe and United Kingdom. Prior to moving to the UK October 2021, her past work includes serving as Assistant Conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony (Santa Monica, CA), Lecturer and Director of the Concert Band at University of California Riverside (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, Connecticut), Guest Conductor of the Westlake Village Symphony (Westlake Village, CA), Cover/Assistant Conductor of the Marina del Rey Symphony Summer Concert Series and Conducting Fellow with Miami Symphony Orchestra (Miami, FL), Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Allentown, PA) and Saratoga Orchestra (Whidbey Island, WA). She was also on the Board of Directors for Chamber Music Palisades (Pacific Palisades, CA) and served on the Development Committee for the American International Paderewski Piano Competition.
Lauren is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK). She has had assistantships with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Psappha, and Opera North. This spring, Lauren is the Cover/Assistant Conductor for Northern Ballet’s (Leeds, UK) production, The Great Gatsby, directed and choreographed by David Nixon OBE with music by Richard Rodney Bennett.
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, potential sponsors and other relevant organizations to further advance audience development and community engagement initiatives. Lauren has worked with non-profit arts organizations, 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.