Budding artist and educator, flutist Lauren Zwonik has had the esteemed pleasure of being a distinguished clinician, soloist, and mentor in Jamaica, Switzerland, Zimbabwe and South Africa. In both countries she hosted several masterclasses, conducted community and academic ensembles and performed in seven solo recitals. In Switzerland, Zwonik observed and later performed in the Fasnacht celebrated in the heart of the city of Basel.
As a soloist, Zwonik has won the 2020 West Virginia University Concerto Competition with the Martin Ballade for Flute and Orchestra that gave her the distinguished honor of performing with the WVU Symphony Orchestra as a prize soloist. She has also won first prize in the Great Composers Competition for the Concerto and European Composer competitions in 2018 and 2019, First Prize in the National Division II Opera Performance from the Crane School of Music’s 2017 performance of Aaron Copland’s Tenderland, and Second Prize in the Glory International Music Competition for both Professional Jury and Teacher Jury Choice Awards in 2018. In 2013, Zwonik won the senior soloist competition and performed
the Mozart Concerto in D Major with the Vermont Youth Orchestra for a 2,000 person audience. As a founding member of The Informed Feminists Percussion Quartet, KEYS Flute Quartet, Acronite Flute Quartet, and Equinox Flute Quartet, The Informed Feminists Quartet won first prize in the 2020 West Virginia University ChaMP Chamber Music Competition while the Equinox Flute Quartet won second prize that same year. In 2019, the Acronite Flute Quartet has won first prize in the Great Composers Competition and third prize in the West Virginia University ChaMP Chamber Music Competition.
At West Virginia University, Zwonik has performed in: Chamber Winds, The WVU Flute Studio Flute Choir, The WVU Fife and Drum Corps., The WVU Symphony Orchestra, The WVU Opera Orchestra in addition several chamber music ensembles. At the Crane School of Music, Zwonik was a regular performer in the Crane Symphonic Band, Crane Concert Band, Crane Wind Ensemble, Crane Orchestra, Crane Opera Orchestra, and the KEYS Flute Quartet. Zwonik has performed in masterclasses with Nicole Esposito, Angela Reus-Jones, Zachariah Galatis, Carol Wincenc, Ali Reyerson, Eva Amsler, Michele Bellevance, Matej Grahek and Angela Lowry.
As an educator Lauren has worked with both individuals and ensembles ranging from Pre-K through retired citizens. She has taught grades 4-12 band, jazz band and general music in Harrisville, New York during a maternity leave position. She was the previous music director and primary flute instructor at the Holy Name of Jesus Academy in Massena, New York and celebrated her third and final season as the conductor of the Clarkson University Orchestra in 2017. Lauren enjoyed her position as the adjunct professor of flute at St. Lawrence University for two years. Her passions in teaching and research include middle and high school band, diversity within the classroom, mental musicianship and special education.
A native of Colchester, Vermont, Zwonik completed her MM in Flute Performance at West Virginia University in addition to completing a Certificate in University Teaching. Alongside her studies, Zwonik was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Biology Department, teaching four sections of Biology Labs per semester. She earned her BM in Music Education and Flute Performance, with a Minor in Music Business at the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York.
Past teachers have included Nina Assimakopoulos, Kenneth Andrews and Berta Frank. She currently studies with world-renowned artist and teacher, Alberto Almarza.