Lauren Husting, trombone, is a recognized presence on the Minneapolis-St Paul freelance scene. She has played with such diverse groups as Exultate Chamber Choir, Festival Brass, the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Trombone Choir, the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band, Winona Chamber Winds, and Minnesota Symphonic Winds. She holds the co-principal chair (with colleague John Olson) in the 12-piece brass ensemble Metro Brass.
Not just a classical performer, Lauren spent time as a trombonist in the orchestras on Celebrity Cruise Lines. Performing everything from classical to jazz to show band charts, she has traveled the world and accompanied some amazing entertainers. She currently performs with the energetic Twin Cities traditional jazz and dance-hall quintet Mill City Five and the interstellar classic R&B cover band The Satellites. Lauren is incredibly honored to be a part of the newest project from folk artist Laura MacKenzie, Brass Lassie, an 10-piece Celtic ensemble with a brassy twist.
Lauren serves as low brass instructor for both Hamline University and Century Collge, and teaches through Community Education in Chanhassen. She also teaches in the communities of Edina, St Louis Park, and NE Minneapolis. Prior to She has been BrassChix‘s Celebrity Trombonist in 2013, 2014, and 2016 and plans to reprise that role in January 2017. Her students have performed with GTCYS, MYS, Minnesota Junior Winds, Minnesota All-State Bands, and either continue to play for enjoyment past high school or go on to major in music at prestigious schools such as the University of Iowa and UW-Eau Claire.
Prior to Minnesota, Lauren played with the Santa Fe Symphony, Denton Community Theatre, the Copper Street Brass Quintet, and numerous North Texas lab bands and ensembles, including the prestigious UNT Wind Symphony. She can be heard on that group’s recordings Homage and Urban Dreams, available through GIA Windworks. A champion of new music, Ms Husting commissioned and premiered a solo work for trombone, Portal, by Dajeong Choi, in the spring of 2007. In the fall of 2009 she performed a guest artist recital and held masterclasses at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrigate, TN.
Lauren holds degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has studied with such diverse performers and educators as Jan Kagarice, Tony Baker, Vern Kagarice, William Richardson, and Sean Reusch. She began her doctoral studies in trombone performance in Fall 2016 under the tutelage of Professor Thomas Ashworth at the University of Minnesota, in hopes of obtaining a full-time college teaching job in the near future.