B.M. (Boston University School of Fine Arts); Mannes College of Music
Lauren Jackson Coplan
Adjunct Artist Teacher of Piano
Lauren Jackson Coplan was a member of the piano faculty at Mannes College of Music in New York City for 13 years before moving to Nashville in 2007.
Since relocating to Nashville, Coplan has performed with members of the Nashville Symphony, was awarded a Tennessee Arts Commission Professional Development Support Grant, and has been a guest lecturer at the Blair School. In the summer of 2010, one of her private piano lessons was filmed and broadcast on CMT’s (Country Music Television) Meet The Wilsons.
Coplan has been heavily involved with the non-profit W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, where her students have won the annual solo competition award (2009); been invited to the White House; been chosen to perform at annual fundraisers; and, more recently, performed at the Governor’s Arts Awards Special Ceremony at Conservation Hall (2011). A profile of Coplan and her students appeared in the June 2011 issue of HER Magazine (by columnist Kim Green).
Coplan has performed in and around New York, at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and in the American Women Composers, Women of Note Series (Boston), as well as performances throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has performed live on WDAV Radio (Davidson, N.C.) and CBC Radio (Toronto) (with cellist Naomi Barron).
A native of Davidson, N.C., Coplan began piano lessons at the age of 5 with Cynthia Lawing. Her parents were both members of the Charlotte Symphony for 30 years (flute and principal trumpet). In her teen years, she studied with Paul Nitsch (Queens University of Charlotte) and James Swisher (Davidson College). She was a two-time winner of the Young Artist Concerto Competition, performing Mozart’s D Minor Concerto at age 12, and Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2 at age 16.
As a student of Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe (Tanglewood Institute), she earned her B.M. degree in piano performance from the School of Fine Arts at Boston University, where she won the top chamber music award. During this time, Coplan was also awarded a fellowship for summer study at the Garth Newel Music Center. Her graduate studies were at Mannes College of Music with Stephanie Brown. While at Mannes, Coplan was greatly influenced by pedagogy teachers Joan Behrens-Bergman and Gertrude Barlow, and by music theorists Poundie Burstein and Carl Schachter. She credits much of her early inspiration as a teacher to these mentors.
It was also in New York City that Coplan met two highly influential figures: drama teacher Kelly Kimball and pianist/teacher Sophia Rosoff (a protégée of the late Abby Whiteside), both of New York City. Her teaching and performance careers were propelled to new heights under their tutelage, and they continue to be of great influence.
Coplan has been a member of Blair's keyboard faculty since August 2011.