The director of Greater Eugene Chorus has been singing barbershop since she was eight years old, and has been a Sweet Adeline for ten years now. During high school, she was an active member and bass section leader in Region 15's Hickory Tree Chorus, and throughout college she sang with Region 3's Melodeers Chorus, with whom she was a bass section leader, and sang her way to an International gold medal at the 2008 International Convention in Hawaii. She also sang with Pride of Portland Chorus on their journey to international last year. She sang in several quartets throughout high school and college as well, but Lauren will tell you that her true passion lies in directing and arranging. Accordingly, she is also the Musical Director and primary arranger for Mind the Gap, the University of Oregon's co-ed acappella group. Lauren tends to take a leadership role wherever she goes, so nobody is too surprised to see her directing!
In her "real life," Lauren is a Ph.D. student at the University of Oregon, studying the neuroscience of self-control, habits, and emotions. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, playing the piano, painting, writing music, spinning in circles while trying to pass it off as dancing, and laughing at you for thinking there's actually something called "spare time." After all, if you had extra time -- why wouldn't you fill it up with music?