Lauren Schack Clark, DMA, NCTM, has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and China. She recently joined the faculty of the Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Germany. She has collaborated with faculty members of over 20 universities throughout the world, including the Vienna Konservatorium, Eastman School of Music, and the University of Michigan, and with principal symphonic players from such ensembles as the Boston Symphony, Slovenian Radio Symphony, and Cincinnati Orchestra.
Dr. Clark has performed at the International Double Reed, Tuba/Euphonium, and Trumpet Guild Conferences. She has presented at the World Piano Conference and the MTNA National Conference, and at state music teachers conferences in Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas. Dr. Clark is very active in MTNA. She was awarded the distinction of becoming an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2015. She was the MTNA South Central Division Competition Chair from 2014-2017, and is currently the Competitions Chair for the state of Arkansas. She was President of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association from 2009-2011.
She holds a DMA in Collaborative Piano from Boston University, a Master's in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern, a Graduate Diploma from the Longy School of Music, and a Bachelor’s from the Hartt School of Music. Her principle piano teachers were Raymond Hanson, Eda Mazo-Shlyam, Deborah Sobol, and Thomas Stumpf, and her major pedagogy teachers were Frances Larimer and Elvina Pearce. Dr. Clark has recorded on the Centaur, Vienna Modern Masters, Emeritus, and Mark Records labels, and her book, Keyboard Theory and Piano Technique, is co-authored with Brian Henkelmann. Dr. Clark is Professor of Music, Director of Keyboard Studies, and Director of Music Graduate Studies at Arkansas State University.