Lauren Schack Clark is Director of Keyboard Studies and Professor of Piano at Arkansas State University. She has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States, Europe, and China. She has played with faculty members from dozens of universities throughout the world, including the Vienna Konservatorium and University of Michigan, and with principal players from such ensembles as the Boston Symphony and Cincinnati Orchestra. Her chamber music group, NordesTrio, with Dr. Nairam Simoes, Trumpet, and Dr. Juli Buxbaum, Horn, was awarded a Silver Medal in the 2022 Global Music Awards for their inaugural CD, produced by Fundamental Sounds. NordesTrio performed a virtual recital at the FIMUS Music Festival in Brazil in summer 2021, at the International Horn Society in 2021, and at several universities in Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma.
Dr. Clark has performed at the International Double Reed Society Conference, International Trumpet Guild, International Horn Society, International Trombone Festival, International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, and at the American Viola Society. In October 2015, she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Classical Players. She has presented at the World Piano Conference and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Conference and at several state music teachers conferences.
She has served on the faculty of the Saarburg International Music Festival and School in Germany, and became Assistant to the Artistic Director/Head of Chamber Music in 2022. She has also taught on the faculty of 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. Starting in March 2022, she became the MTNA South Central Division Director and member of the National Board of MTNA. She was President of the Arkansas State Music Teachers Association from 2009-2011. She has organized many local, state, and regional festivals and competitions.
Lauren Schack Clark 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 principal teachers were Raymond Hanson, Eda Shlyam, Deborah Sobol, and Thomas Stumpf. Her major pedagogy teachers were Frances Larimer and Elvina Pearce.