American soprano, Lauren Kelleher is quickly becoming established in the New York City opera scene. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, Lauren holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She worked with the innovative Onsite Opera Company on their production of Rameau’s Pygmalion at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. Other recent performances include Barbarina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Regina Opera and Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz with Utopia Opera. This May, Lauren was awarded the Career Bridges Encouragement Grant for upcoming professionals in opera. While in Oberlin, Lauren was praised as a “gleaming soprano,” playing the fastidious daughter Clarice in Haydn’s Il mondo della luna (Cleveland Classical).
Lauren realized her love of teaching in high school when she volunteered to teach music to kindergarteners at a local religious education center as well as leading a choir at the neighborhood nursing home. This continued in college when she was asked to teach music classes at her childhood music school the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. The classes introduced children ages 18 months – 5 years to basic musical concepts and various genres of music by playing games, moving, singing, and performing. She also designed voice classes for groups of students ages 8 – 10, which focused on the fundamentals of breathing, vowel placement, sight-reading, and repertoire.
Lauren worked for the Oberlin Conservatory Vocal Academy for High School Students as a conservatory ambassador, where she advised and coached high school students by helping to prepare them for auditions and interviews. She was also hired by Oberlin College as a teaching assistant to provide academic assistance to students needing help with the International Phonetic Alphabet in English song texts.
Lauren believes in a progressive, hands-on, and fun approach to learning. Through her vast-ranging experiences, she has found that the more engaged that children are with the material, the better they will grasp the concepts. Her goal as a music educator is to share her love and excitement for learning, inspiring kids to do the same.
Lauren came to the holistic practice of Reiki to help her with performing. She is now a level two Reiki practitioner and enjoys going to Reiki circles in the city and sharing the practice of Reiki with her friends and family. New to athleticism, Lauren began her love of running with the Couch to 5k program and is now training for her first 10k. Lauren loves cooking, adventuring outdoors, immersing herself in the wonderful music of the world, and traveling to new places.