Lauren McCombe

Harp, Piano - Apprentice 2

Lauren McCombe is currently a graduate student at Northern Illinois University, where she is completing a Performer's Certificate with harp as her primary instrument. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with her bachelor's degree in Harp Performance in 2018. 

 Lauren has been a musician from early childhood and has been playing the piano for sixteen years and the harp for ten years. Lauren’s past and present instructors include Karen Kulzer (classical) and David Nuccio (jazz) for piano and Nichole Luchs, Dr. Erin Freund, and Faye Seeman for harp. 

Lauren has many orchestra credits, which include all four of Northern Illinois University’s large orchestral and wind ensembles, the Harper Symphony Orchestra, and the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra. She attended the BirchCreek summer intensive Symphony Session program in 2014, the Midwest Harp Festival in 2017 and 2018, and has performed in the Christmas Around the World exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry. Her piano credits include accompanying for the Fox River Academy of Music & Art's voice recitals, their piano ensemble, and their rock band ensemble.

Lauren was also the Music Theory & Aural Skills Peer Assisted Learning Tutor for the 2017-2018 NIU schoolyear and makes a point to include theoretical and musicianship aspects in her lessons. 

Lauren was a selected finalist for the Lyon and Healy Harp Auditions and Evaluations Competition for 2013 and 2015 and was given the opportunity to showcase her winning piece at Lyon and Healy Hall on Harp Day. In 2017, Lauren competed in the Midwest Harp Festival’s Annual Solo Competition and took Second Place in the Intermediate II Division, earning her a spot to perform at the Winner’s Showcase Concert the following evening. Lauren has also competed with many Evaluated Performances at the Fox River Academy of Music & Art, and was placed on the Honors list for her piano performances.

Music has always been the center of Lauren’s life and she is looking forward to installing excitement for learning and loving music at the Community School of the Arts.