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 played with faculty members from 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 and the 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. In October 2017, she played Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 with the New York Classical Players.
Dr. Clark has performed at the International Double Reed, Tuba/Euphonium, and Trumpet Guild Conferences, and at the American Viola Society Conference. She has presented at the World Piano Conference and at the MTNA National Conference, and at several state music teachers conferences. She has recorded on the Centaur, Vienna Modern Masters, and Emeritus labels, and the upcoming NordesTrio album will be on the Fundamental Sounds label.
She 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. Starting in March 2022, she will be the MTNA South Central Division Director, and will serve on the national Board of that organization. She was President of the 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 teachers were Raymond Hanson, Eda Shlyam, Deborah Sobol, and Thomas Stumpf. Her major pedagogy teachers were Frances Larimer and Elvina Pearce.