A native of Los Angeles, CA, Lauren Wasynczuk leads an active career as a conductor, saxophonist and music educator dedicated to engaging audiences and performers of all ages. A staunch advocate for arts education and community engagement, Lauren has shared her artistic leadership through masterclasses, workshops and conducting engagements. Her teaching and conducting experience spans from working in primary and secondary schools to professionals in wind orchestra, symphony orchestra, opera and vocal ensembles. 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).
In January 2020, Lauren was appointed Director of the University of California, Riverside Concert Band. Previously, she served as 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). For the 2019-2020 season, Lauren was awarded Conducting Fellow with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (Allentown, PA). Her multifaceted work has provided her opportunity to appear in concerts and music festivals throughout North America and Europe.
Lauren holds 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). In addition to her conducting engagements, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors of Chamber Music Palisades and is a member of the Development Committee for the American International Paderewski Piano Competition. To learn more about Lauren, visit laurenwasynczuk.com.