A native of Rhode Island, hornist Lauren Becker is an active performer and educator. As a freelance musician she has performed with orchestral and chamber ensembles throughout the United States, including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria, Quad City Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and North Country Chamber Players. In 2009, Lauren traveled to Malaysia to perform several concerts benefiting the Alzheimer’s Disease Foundation with the Kuala Lumpur International Festival Orchestra and performed at Canada's MusicFest in Toronto with the Eastman Wind Ensemble in the group's 2013 tour.
She has appeared on many recordings, including the Eastman Wind Ensemble's collaboration with the Canadian Brass entitled Manhattan Music (Opening Day Entertainment Group) and the Buffalo Philharmonic's recording of selected works of Bartók (Naxos Records). Lauren spent much of the summer of 2016 touring the United States with Music in the American Wild, a chamber ensemble celebrating the U.S. National Park Service centennial by premiering new works by American composers.
Lauren is currently Assistant Professor of Horn at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Previously she has been on faculty at Nazareth College and the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, NY. Lauren has taught at Crane Youth Music, Camp Batawagama Band Camp, the New York Summer Music Festival, the Summer Youth Music School at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Rochester, and served as a staff member at Kendall Betts Horn Camp. As a clinician, she has performed and presented at many conferences, including the 2016 International Brass Festival at the University of Florida School of Music at Gainesville, Erie County Music Educators Association Western New York Conference Day, NAfME Eastern Division Conference, and NYSSMA Winter Conference.
Lauren holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Horn Performance and Literature with a Minor in Music Education and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music where she was awarded the prestigious Teaching Assistant Prize in 2013 for excellence in collegiate teaching. She holds a Master of Music in Horn Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire. Her primary horn instructors include W. Peter Kurau, A. Kendall Betts, John Boden, Neil Deland, and Elizabeth Gates.