Dana Lauren

Music has always been a major part of Dana's life. Playing classical piano since the age of 6 and studying classical voice since the age of 13, she has gained a respect and understanding for all different types of music. Having a mother who loved jazz her whole life, Dana has been heavily influenced by jazz since she was young. At the age of 13 she began to take jazz piano lessons which furthered knowledge of the technical aspects of jazz. Dana has also studied at the Litchfield Jazz Festival Summer Institute where she had the opportunity to work with great teachers who helped her explore her style, as well as meeting great artists who have had a major impact on her career. As well as vocalists, instrumentalists have had a huge impact on her vocal style, making it pure and original yet true to the style of jazz. This year Dana was recognized by the NFAA Talent Search, placing in the top 10 percent nationally. At the 2006 Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival Dana was awarded Judge's Choice for piano and vocal within her group. She also received the overall Outstanding Vocalist award. She will be attending the New England Conservatory of Music to pursue a degree in jazz performance.

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