About Me

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

Lauren's works have been performed all across the country and in Italy.

She has been commissioned by the Central Ohio Symphony and the Johnstone Fund for New Music. She arranged Orphée+ with Opera Columbus.

From the serious to the lighthearted, Lauren’s compositions ask us to better understand and explore our human experience. They invite empathy, reflection, discussion, curiosity, play, and connection. Her most notable works are Baby Book and Kéyah.

Lauren and her work have won multiple awards, including the 2017 Young Composers Competition in Spoleto Italy, and the Ruth Anderson Commission Prize. 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 teaches at Otterbein University and owns Musical Life Studio. She offers lessons in voice, piano, violin, & composition.

Lauren performs in both classical and commercial productions. She originated the role of Elizabeth in Justin Giarrusso's A World Apart with NANOWorks. She has portrayed both dramatic and comedic roles in works by Vaughan Williams, Adamo, Menotti, Mozart, and more.


In July 2016, she studied with Lingua e canto, a 4-week opera and language intensive in Sant'Angelo in Vado, Italy.


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

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.