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Gavin has devoted his career to inspiring youth to explore their musical abilities and open their eyes – and ears – to the countless elements of music.
With a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music and in vocal performance from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Gavin is a tenured musician. No stranger to PRIZM Ensemble, he sat as a panelist for its 2019 college audition preparation workshop, providing guidance to high school students on the rigorous audition process for entering collegiate-level music programs. His higher education experience also includes serving as an adjunct professor and later as a visiting professor for voice at Kentucky State University. He later returned to his hometown of Memphis to become the director of choirs at Kirby High School.
In addition to serving as executive director for PRIZM, Gavin is the director of concert choir and a voice instructor at LeMoyne-Owen College. He previously served as a fellowship coach for Memphis Music Initiative, where he partnered with dozens of local schools and managed a team of music fellows who taught more than 750 students each semester.
As PRIZM’s executive director, Gavin oversees all operations and strategic direction for the nonprofit, manages development, drives programming, recruits mentors and fosters community partnerships to support PRIZM’s vast youth outreach efforts. He also leads PRIZM’s largest program, the Summer Music Camp and International Chamber Music Festival, and the PRIZM in the Schools program, which provides high-level introductory music classes and orchestral instruction at various schools.
Interim Director of Programming
Lauren Hart, a native of Evansville, Indiana, has always been passionate about helping others through private and in-school instruction as well as performing. She has worked with several youth music programs promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity, including the Memphis Music Initiative, Musical Bridges, and UMKC Music Academy Programs. Her students have received scholarships and awards, participated in Battle of the Bands, solo and collaborative recitals, Honor Band, All-State Ensemble, Lions Band, and have performed in masterclasses with notable members in the music community, such as the Army Field Band, Aaron Dworkin, Daniel Bernard Roumain, and Stanford Thompson. During her time with the Memphis Music Initiative, she provided numerous opportunities for students to experience liberation through music while developing the necessary fundamentals to become better musicians
Lauren earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from University of Evansville in 2010 and her Master of Music in Trumpet Performance degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2014. Lauren has performed with various ensembles during her career. She is the former Second Trumpet player and Stage Manager for the New Hampshire Music Festival, has performed with several professional orchestras including the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony, has performed with Maynard Ferguson and among 1400 musicians virtually through the Ryan Anothony ‘Song for Hope’ World Band Project. She has also enjoyed performing nationwide with a variety of brass quintets, brass bands, jazz ensembles, and churches as a freelance musician.
In addition to performing and helping students through music, she has an entrepreneurial spirit as the owner and co-founder of Hot Chops Co., designing custom mouthpiece pouches and accessories for brass players. She is also passionate about photography and teaching students how to build relationships, be compassionate, and overcome their fears through horseback riding and mounted archery. Lauren is excited to join the Prizm family and is looking forward to making a difference by providing more equitable opportunities for young musicians.