Lauren Schack Clark is Chair of the Music Department and Director of Keyboard Studies at Arkansas State University. She has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and China. She has collaborated with faculty members of over twenty 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. In Summer 2021, she performed a virtual recital at the FIMUS Music Festival in Brazil and at the International Horn Society Conference, with a new chamber music group, NordesTrio, with Dr. Nairam Simoes, Trumpet, and Dr. Juli Buxbaum Horn. She has concertized in Paris at the Institute for Advanced Vocal Study and French Piano Institute, and at Cork School of Music, Ireland. In October 2017, she performed Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Classical Players.
Dr. Clark has performed at the International Double Reed, Tuba/Euphonium, Trumpet Guild Conferences, and at the American Viola Society Conference. She has presented at the World Piano Conference and the MTNA National Conference, and at several state music teachers conferences. Dr. Clark has recorded on the Centaur, Vienna Modern Masters, Emeritus, and Mark Records labels, and the upcoming ConcerTrio album will be on the Fundamental Sounds label.
Dr. Clark has served on the faculty of the Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Germany and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. She has adjudicated for many local, state, regional, and national piano competitions, and her students have won many awards.
Her peers voted Dr. Clark as an MTNA Foundation Fellow in 2015. She is the MTNA Director-Elect for the South Central Division. She served as the MTNA SC Division Competition Chair and is currently the Competitions Chair for Arkansas. She was President of Arkansas State Music Teachers Association from 2009-2011.
She holds a DMA from Boston University, a Master's from Northwestern University, 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 Shlyam, Deborah Sobol, and Thomas Stumpf. Her major pedagogy teachers were Frances Larimer and Elvina Pearce.