DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH AND CHOIR PROGRAMS
DIRECTING EARLY CHILDHOOD, FOUNDATIONS, PREPARATORY, JUBILATE, BEGINNING LEVEL, AND ANDERSON AREA CHILDREN’S CHOIRS
Lauren Southard is the Director of Outreach and Choir Programs for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Now in her thirteenth year with the organization in an artistic capacity, her teaching duties include Early Childhood, Preparatory, and Beginning Level Choirs, as well as developing the Foundations Choir, ICC’s newest choral program for Kindergarteners. Mrs. Southard also directs the Anderson Area Children’s Choir Concert and Preparatory Choirs, and Jubilate, ICC’s choir for children with special needs.
Mrs. Southard’s previous teaching experience includes Preschool-8th grade general music at St. Mary’s School in Anderson, Indiana, and Kindergarten-6th grade music at Maplewood Elementary in Wayne Township.
Mrs. Southard received her Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis degree from Ball State University in 2016 with a Certificate in Autism, and Master of Arts in Education in Educational Administration from Ball State University in 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Butler University in 2006, where she was named Outstanding Student Teacher in Elementary Music and received an Outstanding Future Educator award. Mrs. Southard is certified in First Steps in Music, has completed the Orff-Schulwerk Certification Program at Anderson University, and has received Kodály training from Indiana University. Mrs. Southard has presented at the Chorus America Annual Conference, the Indiana Music Educators Association Professional Development Conference (IMEA), and the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference. She has also presented at the IMEA Council for General Music Fall Workshop and the Chorister and the Church of the Future Conference at the University of Notre Dame on the topic of special needs in the choral classroom, and has participated in Picture Exchange Communication System training conferences. Mrs. Southard also presents musical education workshops to public and private schools throughout central Indiana through the ICC’s Innovations program. She was honored to receive recognition from Wayne Township as recipient of the Dare to Dream award, given to a community member who recognizes inclusive practices in the school and community.
Mrs. Southard also serves as choir director of the Cornerstone Lutheran Church Children’s music program in Carmel, IN. She and her husband Josh live in Whitestown with their sons Finn and Sullivan, and daughter Rory.