LAUREN AVERY has been named concertmaster of the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado, starting with the 2019-20 season. After performing Scheherazade with the orchestra in February of 2019, Avery auditioned for the open chair and was selected by a committee of principal strings and management. Her husband, Thomas Heuser, the music director of the San Juan Symphony, voted only to approve the committee’s decision. Avery has performed with the Louisville Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Marin Symphony, California Symphony, Napa Valley Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Avery was guest concertmaster of El Paso Opera for three years, and from 2011 to 2016 was concertmaster of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra. She was a member of the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the direction of Lorin Maazel, and has performed with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California. Avery studied music and biology at Vassar College and received her master’s degree in violin performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Posted April 15, 2019