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.
As a member of the American Wild Ensemble, Lauren has performed world premieres of newly commissioned works in concert halls, fields, mountain tops, and caves across the United States. The ensemble has toured extensively, performing at schools and universities, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, George Eastman Museum, Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and indoors and outdoors at San Juan Island and Saint-Gardens National Historical Parks and Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, Mammoth Cave, and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Parks. The American Wild Ensemble's album, Music in the American Wild, was released in 2018 and can be found on Bandcamp.
She has appeared on many other 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 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 Kendall Betts Horn Camp, Crane Youth Music, Camp Batawagama Band Camp, the New York Summer Music Festival, the Summer Youth Music School at the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rochester. 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.