Lauren Yacht is in her first year as a Doctoral Conducting Associate at the University of North Texas, where she conducts the Concert Band and assists with all aspects of the Wind Studies program. She is a conducting student of Eugene Migliaro Corporon with additional mentoring from Dennis Fisher and Nicholas Enrico Williams.
Lauren earned her Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in wind conducting from the University of Central Florida, where she studied conducting with Scott Tobias and Tremon Kizer. She conducted the UCF University Band and served as the graduate teaching assistant for the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, and Marching Knights.
Prior to graduate school, Lauren spent two years as the Director of Bands and Choir at Land O’ Lakes High School in Florida where she oversaw the Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Choir programs. Under her direction, the Concert Band earned top district festival ratings for the first time in a decade and she successfully launched the school’s first International Baccalaureate Music course.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Florida State University. She then obtained her Juris Doctorate from the FSU College of Law where she concentrated on copyright and entertainment matters. She practiced law briefly before deciding to pursue her passion for music education.
Lauren was named as a conductor semi-finalist in the 2017 National Band Association’s Young Conductor Mentor Project and also was awarded the CBDNA Mike Moss Conducting Fellowship. She has served as a staff instructor and guest clinician for various high school band programs across the state of Florida. Her professional affiliations include the Texas Music Educator’s Association, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association, the College Band Directors National Association, and Sigma Alpha Iota.