Lauren Athey-Janka, soprano, is a professional singer and voice teacher who serves on the voice faculties at Westminster Choir College, Rowan University and West Chester University and has private studios in New Jersey and New York City. Lauren frequently gives masterclasses for schools, choirs and festivals on the changing voice, vocal health and performance techniques and serves as a vocal consultant for both professional and children's choirs and theatre companies. Lauren's students successfully compete and place in vocal competitions yearly, including NATS, Classical Singer, and Schmidt. Her students have found success performing in opera programs, National Tours, Off-Broadway, regional and local theater productions and professional and local choirs. Lauren's students have continued their undergraduate and graduate vocal studies at many prestigious classical vocal, music education and musical theater college programs with scholarship. Lauren is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and serves as treasurer for NJ NATS.
Recently, Lauren had the honor of writing a book with Dr. Christopher Arneson, “Literature for Teaching: A Guide for Teaching Solo Vocal Repertoire from a Developmental Perspective". The book was published by Inside View Press, Inc. in June 2014 and released at the July 2014 National NATS convention in Boston, MA with great success. Lauren and Dr. Arneson have continued the work from this book with a series of five anthologies for soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and bass, which will be released in 2017.
Lauren has studied Voice Science, Voice Pedagogy, Voice Disorders and speech with leading professionals in speech pathology and vocal pedagogy. She has continued her vocal education with Westminster Choir College’s Voice Pedagogy Institute and The David Jones Teacher Mentoring Programs. In 2013, Lauren won an Enrichment Grant with Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fund. She has taken advanced coursework at Temple University and has Master of Music degrees in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College and a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Boston University.
Upcoming performances include a holiday concert series in December with the Bay Atlantic Symphony as the soprano soloist. In 2017, Lauren will sing Haydn’s Creation with the Greater South Jersey Chorus. In 2016, Lauren performed with The Greater South Jersey Chorus as the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore and Ola Gjeilo’s Luminous Night of the Soul. Lauren presented a joint crossover recital with the Hillsborough Concert Series, including opera, art song and musical theater. She performed as the soprano soloist with Rowan University’s chorus and orchestra in the world premiere of Donald McCullough’s Song of the Shulamite. Lauren sang Vivaldi's Gloria and Ola Gjeilo's Dark Night of the Soul, with Ola Gjeilo and Morten Lauridsen in attendance, with Choral Arts of Southern New Jersey and The Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Lauren was the 2014 winner of the Milton Cross Young Artist Program, where she sang scenes as Rusalka, Susannah and Pamina with the Minuetto Music Festival. Lauren sang Rusalka with Sinfonietta Nova orchesta. A concert enthusiast, she has been the soprano soloist in Mozart’s Vesperae, Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Ola Gjiela’s “Dark Night of the Soul”, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem” and Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music” with Boston University, Choral Arts of New Jersey, Garden State Philharmonic, and Bay Atlantic Symphony. She has placed in NJ and Boston NATS Classical and Musical Theatre Competitions. She has also performed with New York Opera Studio, CCM’s Rising Star Singers, Florence Voice Seminar, Westminster Opera Theatre, and Boston University.
Lauren resides in New Jersey with her husband Vinny, whom she met in Italy, and their two rescued dogs, Rosina and Ruby.