Lauren Praiss

Lauren Praiss

Viola

Assistant Principal Clayton High School

Lauren is a junior at Clayton High School, and this is her first year in the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. When she was four years old, Lauren began taking piano lessons with Vera Parkin, and then she began playing the viola at the age of eight. For a few years, Lauren balanced both the piano and viola, but she ultimately had a stronger interest in playing the viola. Lauren has participated in several orchestras, including orchestras in the Community Music School of Webster University. In addition, Lauren loves playing chamber music in the Preparatory Program at CMS. In past summers, Lauren participated in music camps such as Rocky Ridge Music Center and Interlochen Arts Camp. Lauren thanks Vera Parkin and her current viola teacher, Chris Tantillo, for all of their support in her music endeavors.