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The Life of the Violinist


A little about me...


Lauren Canitia is a graduate from the Conservatory of Music at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), where she earned a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in Pedagogy. She has studied violin with Wei-Shu Wang Co, Paul Zafer and Dr. Lee Joiner. Lauren is certified in the Suzuki Method through Book 7, and is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She trained under Rebecca Sandrok and Nancy Jackson. While teaching violin and viola to young children, Lauren often incorporates her Musikgarten training (music and movement).

Teaching Experience

She teaches Suzuki and traditional violin and viola, and has worked extensively with the Suzuki program at the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College, coaching chamber ensembles and teaching group lessons. In 2009, Lauren established and began directing the Suzuki program at the Fox River Academy of Music and Art (Oswego, IL), while maintaining a studio of approximately 45 students. Lauren has also been a guest clinician at workshops in Pekin, IL and Peru, IL, teaching music and movement classes.


Lauren freelances around the area, playing in weddings, at churches, and with local orchestras. She was a section violinist in the Fox Valley Orchestra (2010-2013), and held position of concertmaster in the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra (2009-2011). She currently is a substitute with the Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra and has played with the Turtle Creek Chamber Orchestra. 

She has had the opportunity to be in the recording studio with the Giving Tree Band, and to collaborate with other musicians in the Tokyo Project. She has performed with artists such as John Nelson, Marvin Hamlish, Joel Grey, Faye Seeman, Sarah Holman and Todd Wilson.

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