About Lauren

Lauren Spavelko (b. 1989) is a composer, teacher, performer, and visual artist in Columbus, Ohio.

From the serious to the lighthearted, Lauren's diverse works inspire deeper connections with one another and ourselves. Here, listeners find play, curiosity, wonder, joy, catharsis, empathy, healing, and more.

Lauren's works have been performed across the US, as well as in Italy and Singapore.

She has been commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Central Ohio Symphony, the Johnstone Fund for New Music, and numerous artists & performing ensembles. She arranged Orphée+ with Opera Columbus.


Lauren and her work have won multiple awards, including the 2017 Young Composers Competition in Spoleto Italy (Baby Book), and the Ruth Anderson Commission Prize from IAWM (Black Box 2.0). She has been a finalist for the NATS Art Song Composition Award and the American Prize in Vocal Chamber Music and Orchestral Music.


When Lauren isn't composing, she teaches and performs. Lauren is an adjunct professor at Otterbein University and operates Musical Life Studio. She offers lessons in voice, piano, violin, & composition.

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Lauren performs as a vocalist, violinist, and pianist in both classical and commercial productions. She enjoys collaborating with artists and organizations in Columbus and the greater region. She has performed with opera workshops, professional choirs, chambers orchestras, and as a soloist.


From 2012-2014, Lauren toured with internationally-renowned artist Tajci and manager/producer Matthew Cameron, performing in 100+ concerts as a violinist and vocalist, and learning about concert production, sales, and logistics.

She is a board member of Converging Arts Columbus and the Central Ohio Hot Jazz Society.

Learn more and see her work on her performance page.

Lauren is a graduate of the University of Louisville (M.M. Composition) and Ohio Wesleyan University (B.M. Music Education). She has studied composition with Steve Rouse, Clint Needham, and Jason Bahr. 


Lauren values and enjoys a balanced life rich in creative work, friendship, self-exploration, and play, and desires the same for other artists. There is space for all of us.

You can hear her laughing through Columbus while swing dancing, singing and fiddling, practicing yoga, and making a joyful raucous with her artistically-inclined circle.