Meet the Musician
Musician 1st Class Lauren R. Geist,
Musician 1st Class Lauren Geist, from Lincoln, Nebraska, joined the Navy Band in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude with distinction from St. Olaf College, where she was president and tour soloist with the St. Olaf Band, and a Master of Music with program honors from Northwestern University, where she was a graduate assistant for the clarinet studio. Her teachers include Steven Cohen, Jun Qian, Howard Klug and Christy Banks. Geist was a founding member of the wind quintet, The City of Tomorrow, which won the gold medal at the 2011 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She attended the Kennedy Center Summer Music Institute, and also spent two summers as an intern for the New York Philharmonic Archives, working on a major project to preserve Leonard Bernstein’s score collection. In addition to her career as a clarinetist, Geist is an active member of several D.C. vocal ensembles including the Washington Chorus and the choirs at the National Cathedral. She has sung with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Rolling Stones.