Lauren Rudzinskas (Trombone - Calypsus Brass // University of Akron)
Dr. Lauren Rudzinskas has a dynamic career as an accomplished trombonist and pedagogue performing as a chamber musician, soloist, freelancer, clinician, and presenter. Rudzinskas currently serves as the Senior Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Akron. Prior to the University of Akron, Lauren taught trombone and euphonium at Mansfield University. Rudzinskas is a founding member of Calypsus Brass, an innovative ensemble praised for its commitment to performing new works, giving masterclasses, and creating high-level professional recordings for underrepresented composers. An expert arts administrator, Lauren serves as the General Manager of the International Women's Brass Conference.
Praised for her sound and technique, Rudzinskas has been a featured solo artist with groups including the Ashtabula Brass Band, Mercer Community Band, and YSU Symphony Orchestra. As a recitalist, she most recently gave a recital as part of the Neighbor Tones Project designed to bring music to vulnerable communities. Rudzinskas is an experienced orchestral musician having held the Principal Trombone chair in the Greenville Symphony, as a regular substitute in Symphoria (formerly the Syracuse Symphony), a substitute with the Akron Symphony, and as Principal Trombonist of the Greater Rochester Women's Philharmonic. As a studio musician, Lauren has appeared on motion picture soundtracks as a member of the Youngstown Scoring Stage as well as various CD projects. Ruzinskas is a current member of the Athena Brass Band and the Ohio Trombone Consortium.
A multifaceted musician, Lauren's jazz performance credits include playing with IWBC's Holiday Brass and the Diva Jazz Orchestra in the Cleveland Playhouse production of "Maurice Hines is Tappin' Thru". She is a member of the SPH Jazz Orchestra and recorded the CD "Smash!" with that ensemble. After receiving a research grant in 2015, Lauren produced and performed in Aspire, a recording of original music including several of her own compositions. Solo competition awards include third place in the 2017 International Women's Brass Conference solo competition, winner of the Youngstown Music Teachers Association Solo Competition, the Wright State Festival Solo Competition, the Dana Young Artist Competition, and the Dorothy Schwers Honorary Scholarship Solo Competition.
For more information on Lauren Rudzinskas, go to www.laurenrudzinskas.com.