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Lauren Chipman

An instrumentalist who weaves through music genres, Lauren is as comfortable in classical settings as on a Hollywood soundstage. Living in Los Angeles, she is Principal Violist of the New West Symphony, violist with The Section Quartet, musician/songwriter with indie band The Rentals and has created an internationally distributed string accessory and jewelry line through her company Baroque Bling. Lauren performs and records with a host of artists and has appeared on the Grammys, American Music Awards, American Idol, The Voice and Tonight Show as well as countless film and TV soundtracks.

Traveling internationally on chamber music tours, Lauren first appeared at Carnegie Hall at age 17 with the Favrile Quartet by personal invitation of Isaac Stern. A laureate in numerous solo competitions over the years, she won First Prize in the Chicago Viola Society Competition and recorded the viola solo for Encyclopaedia Britannica’s initial CD-rom. Lauren appeared on an early From the Top NPR taping, returning as a featured alum, co-host of the 2013 Gala and music director for their Google Zeitgeist appearance.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Lauren received her Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance studying with renowned violist Donald McInnes. She is currently on faculty at the Colburn School overseeing the Academy’s Outreach Program.