Lauren Murphy

Principal Bassoon

Lauren is currently the principal bassoonist of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, the contrabassoonist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the chamber music group 5 on the 45th.

Lauren has performed with many ensembles throughout her career, including the symphonic orchestras of Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Lansing, Battle Creek, Marquette, and South Bend, and the New World Symphony in Miami.

She has had the pleasure of performing with well-known artists such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Garrison Keillor, Kathleen Battle, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Vanessa Williams.

Lauren has participated in a number of summer music festivals, including Baroque on Beaver, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Brevard Music Center Institute and Festival, the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra, the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and the Thy Masterclass Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.

Lauren earned music performance degrees from Indiana University and Michigan State University; her principal bassoon instructors were Sidney Rosenberg, Kim Walker, and Barrick Stees. In addition to her musical pursuits, Lauren graduated magna cum laude from the Michigan State University College of Law in 2006.

Lauren lives in Traverse City with her husband Nathan Miller and their son Rhys.

Private studio info: Lauren teaches beginning through advanced bassoon students, ages 6th grade through adult.

Ensemble: 5 on the 45th Woodwind Quintet