Violist and violinist Lauren Taylor (AD, BMus, Diploma in Chamber Music) is an emerging musician and enthusiastic Suzuki violin and viola teacher from Guelph, Ontario. Lauren completed Suzuki Violin Units 1-8 with Practicum under teacher trainer Paule Barsalou in 2022. Prior to this, she has performed as a soloist with the Guelph Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Concorde Performing Ensemble, and has participated in the OMFA Provincial Finals for her solo work, as well as with string quartet, chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra. She was a founding member of the Formare Piano Quartet, second place prize winners of The 2019 Glenn Gould School Chamber Music Competition. She has also toured with The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and performed as principal viola with The Royal Conservatory Orchestra and the Wilfrid Laurier University Symphony Orchestra. When she is not teaching and performing classical music, Lauren is a member of Kitchener-Waterloo indie-folk band Halloween Animals, who have released three full-length albums under their previous name, Safe As Houses, and are planning to release their next album in July 2023.