Dr. Lauren Hunt
The Linda VanSickle Smith French Horn Chair and Director of Brass Studies
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Dr. Lauren Hunt is the Linda VanSickle Smith French Horn Chair and Director of Brass Studies at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, where she has worked since August 2023. Dr. Hunt has taught extensively around the globe, and is a graduate of the Global Leaders Program, which provides guest artists to “El Sistema”-style programs in the Western Hemisphere, and gives support to entrepreneurial music education programs. She worked for three years as a guest artist in one such program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, and created entrepreneurial music projects in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and abroad under the auspices of New England Conservatory’s Community Partnership Program and Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grant, Yale’s Philip Francis Nelson Prize, and in coordination with the New Haven (CT) Public Schools. She has given master classes and recitals in Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and in many cities throughout the United States. Dr. Hunt has adjudicated for the International Women's Brass Conference Solo Competition, the International Horn Competition of America, the Mid-South Horn Workshop Solo Competition, and All-State auditions in Illinois and Utah. Prior to her current position, Dr. Hunt was on the faculties of Illinois State University and Utah State University. In 2021, she became one of the first registered Suzuki French horn teachers in the world, and enjoys teaching younger students using this method in her private studio.