Penn State Flute Studio hosts Pittsburgh Symphony flutist Oct. 6

October 03, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State flute professor Naomi Seidman hosts Lorna McGhee, principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, for a masterclass with Penn State flute students at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in 110 Music Building I, on the University Park campus. The public is welcome and admission is free. McGhee's visit to Penn State is supported by Altus Flutes.

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee is principal flute with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Before immigrating to North America in 1998, McGhee was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra in England. As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the United Kingdom; Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia and Victoria Symphony in Canada; and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and  Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra in the United States. A career highlight was a performance of Penderecki's flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer in 2004.

As a chamber musician and recitalist, she has performed throughout Europe and North America in such venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Barge Music in New York, the Louvre, Paris, and the Schubertsaal of Vienna's Konzerthaus. McGhee is often featured in chamber music festivals in Canada, the United States and Australia. Her performances have been broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada, BBC Radio, NPR (USA), Netherlands Radio and ABC (Australia). She has made chamber music recordings for EMI, Decca ASV, Naxos and Meridian.

Along with Duo partner Heidi Krutzen, McGhee has released two CDs on Skylark Music: Taheke, 20th century Masterpieces for flute and harp and Canada, New Works for flute and harp. As a member of Trio Verlaine (with Heidi Krutzen, harp and David Harding, viola) McGhee has most recently recorded Fin de Siècle, a CD of music by Debussy and Ravel for Skylark Music. Both the Trio and Duo are committed to broadening the repertoire and have contributed six new commissions to date.

Having taught at the University of Michigan and the University of British Columbia, McGhee has given masterclasses at universities and conservatories in the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada, including the Juilliard School, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Banff International Centre for the Arts. She is an honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.


Last Updated October 03, 2014