New Jersey native lyric soprano Lauren Athey-Janka was recently hailed as possessing a “beautiful voice with impeccable technique” with “talent of the highest caliber”. Lauren has performed with Choral Arts of New Jersey, Garden State Philharmonic, Bay Atlantic Symphony, New York Opera Studio, CCM’s Rising Star Singers, Florence Voice Seminar, Westminster Opera Theatre, and Boston University. In 2013, Lauren won the Enrichment Grant with the Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fund. She holds a Bachelor of Music in voice performance from Boston University (vocal studies with Penelope Bitzas) and Master of Music degrees in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from Westminster Choir College (vocal studies with Margaret Cusack).
Lauren Athey-Janka, soprano, is a prominent voice teacher in the South Jersey and Philadelphia regions. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Eastern Region and New Jersey NATS, where she holds the position of treasurer. Lauren’s students have successfully competed and placed in Eastern and NJ NATS, Classical Singer, Schmidt, and New Ark Chorale Choral Scholarship vocal competitions each year. Her students have found success performing on and off Broadway, regional theaters, local theaters and their high school and college productions. Lauren’s students are accepted yearly, often as 1st chair, into All Eastern Choir, NJ All State Choir and All South Jersey Choir, as well high school select and local professional choruses.
Lauren is a voice student of the esteemed pedagogue Dr. Christopher Arneson. She has had the honor of writing a book with him over the past year called “Literature for Teaching: A Guide for Choosing Solo Vocal Repertoire from a Developmental Perspective”, which will be released at the 2014 NATS conference in Boston, MA.