Rice University - M.M.
Oberlin Conservatory - B.M.
Raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Lauren Anker is pursuing a master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music under William VerMeulen. Her past festival experience includes four summers at Aspen Music Festival and School, where she received a John N. Stern Scholarship for Students of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music fellowship for 2018 and 2019. Other summer fellowships include the National Orchestral Institute, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute. Anker has performed as a substitute with the Houston Symphony, Akron Symphony Orchestra, and Firelands Symphony Orchestra.
Anker recently graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with degrees in Horn Performance and History where she studied under Roland Pandolfi and was a recipient of the Conservatory Dean’s Talent Award and the John Frederick Oberlin Scholarship. Other past private instructors include John Zirbel of Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Andrew Bain of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and James Nickel of the National Symphony Orchestra. She is the recipient of the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program Scholarship and Robert and Michele Yekovich Prize at Rice University.
As a teacher, Anker was a brass coach for the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, the horn secondary lessons instructor for college students at Oberlin for three years, as well as accumulating a private studio serving the northeast Ohio region. In Houston, she has been teaching private lessons and masterclasses in the Houston Independent School District. As a part of her fellowship, she partakes in educational student projects as well as outreach lecture/performances at community centers and retirement homes in the Houston metropolitan area.