Lauren J PuckettAssociate Professor of Piano College of Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music, 1980
- Master of Music, Piano Performance, Cleveland State University, 1982
Lauren Puckett, Associate Professor of Piano, teaches piano, piano pedagogy and theory. 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, performed in Dresden, Germany during Chopin Tour 2005, and recently in Dieppe, France. 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. In 2017, they performed the Poulenc Concerto with The Abilene Civic 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 has served on the Texas Music Teachers Association Board of Directors to oversee the areas of MTNA/TMTA Performance, MTNA/TMTA Composition and Collaborative Arts.
Listen to Performances by Lauren Puckett
- Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos
by Witold Lutoslawski