Lauren J. Puckett
associate professor of piano, teaches piano
and piano pedagogy. She is a graduate of The Eastman School of Music where she
received a degree in Piano Performance with Maria Luisa Faini, and Cleveland
State University where she studied with pianist, Andrius Kuprevicius and
harpsichordist, Janina Kuzma. Prior to her appointment at Hardin-Simmons
University, she was active as a pianist and teacher in Cleveland, Ohio, and
Miami, Florida. She has taught at The Cleveland Music School Settlement where
she was recipient of The Nathan Fryer Award, Cuyahoga Community College, Notre
Dame College and The North Miami Conservatory of Fine Arts.
Puckett frequently collaborates with her husband, Mark, and together they
recorded a CD titled “Rendezvous” which includes two-piano and four-hand works
by Shostakovich, Fauré, Ravel, Milhaud and Lutoslawski. They presented a
lecture/recital of 20th century compositions at the Texas Music Teachers
Association State Convention and performed in Dresden, Germany during Chopin
Tour 2005. They were guest artists with The Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra in a
performance of Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, and in 2010,
performed Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra.Puckett is also active as a chamber musician
and has performed with The Abilene Chamber Players.
In addition to teaching, Puckett is in demand as an adjudicator and has
presented symposiums on improvisation to music teachers organizations and
college groups. She is an active member of Abilene Music Teachers Association,
a nationally certified member of Music Teachers National Association and
received the 2008 Teacher of the Year Award from AMTA. She serves on the Texas
Music Teachers Association Board of Directors and oversees the areas of
MTNA/TMTA Performance, MTNA/TMTA Composition and Collaborative Arts.
She and her husband founded and direct The Abilene Summer
Piano Camp, which has taken place yearly on the campus of HSU since 1995.
Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Eastman
School of Music, 1980
- Master of Music, Piano Performance, Cleveland
State University, 1982
Listen to Performances by Lauren Puckett