Lauren McQuistin started her studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, with Margaret Izatt for her vocal studies and Sinae Lee for piano. She pursued a Master of Music under the tutelage of Carol Vaness at Indiana University. She finished her education journey at Yale University, with a Master of Musical Arts, where she was a recipient of the Phyllis Curtin Career Entry Prize, a grant for a student who demonstrates exceptional talent as an artist and educator. As a result of her time at Yale she was added to the faculty, where she taught the undergraduate students Voice and Piano, and coached graduate students to pass their piano proficiency exams. She thrived in teaching in all genres of music when she was added as a teacher for the Yale Glee Club.
In her time as a soprano she performed roles in Italian, French, Spanish, German, and English. She was awarded district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions for three years, in Seattle, Tennessee, and St Louis. A keen interpreter of Russian music, McQuistin made her Scottish Opera/McOpera Collective debut as Marfa in Shostakovich’s Rotschild's Violin, as well as competing in and winning the Art Song class in the Sergei Leiferkus Competition for Voice in Moscow. Her other international credits involve Italy, USA, Germany, France, and Ireland. She is a published Author in the Journal of Singing, with her paper on how to approach teaching from a trauma informed perspective, with empathy alongside technical rigour.
Lauren is extremely happy to be in London now, where she can take her work as an educator forward. Having experience from early years (working with Reimagining Opera for Kids, an outreach programme in Indiana) all the way through to those preparing for university, she believes in the critical role of music in the student's development and enjoyment of life.
For more information about Lauren, visit her website, laurenmcquistin.com