Violinist Lauren Smee has a love of playing that fuels her teaching and a love of teaching that informs her performance.
As a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Lauren has enjoyed the opportunity to work with artists such as Andre LaPlante and Mark Fewer. She regularly plays in the Opera on the Avalon orchestra and has performed on the Cape St. Mary’s Performance Series. Together with Carole Bestvater, Lauren is co-founder of the Isabella Project, a brand new performance initiative that celebrates the music of women composers.
Whether on stage or in the studio Lauren is passionate about preventing playing-related injury. As an Andover Educator she educates musicians on how accurate information about the body in movement can enhance both music pedagogy and musical ability.
Lauren enjoys teaching with the Suzuki Talent Education Program of St. John’s, where she served as Artistic Director from 2014 – 2016. She has been on faculty at the Atlantic Canada Suzuki Institute and in 2017-2018 Lauren was the Project Coordinator of Memorial University’s Chamber Music for Youth program.
Lauren holds degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University (Honours B.Mus) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (M.Mus in Violin Performance/Pedagogy) and is grateful to her principal teachers, Dr. Nancy Dahn, Jennifer Johnson, Jerzy Kaplanek, and May Ing.
How many years have you been with the NSO?
Who is your favourite composer?
My favourite composer at any given moment is usually the composer whose music I am currently discovering (or discovering anew) through playing. One of the things I love about playing in the NSO is that each concert I discover a new musical love. Sometimes it’s a piece or composer I didn’t know at all, sometimes it’s a well-known favourite that I get to fall in love with all over again. So it’s hard to pick just one favourite.
What's the best NSO concert you have seen or been a part of?
It’s so hard to choose! A couple of years ago we played Beethoven’s 5th and the Brahms violin concerto with Jonathan Crow on the same concert – that was an amazing experience. Another highlight for me was when we played Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Scheherazade was one of the first pieces that made me fall in love with orchestral music as a teenager, so getting to play it again was a joy.