Featured Faculty Member of the Week / Loren Lind

Loren Lind / Flute / The Philadelphia Orchestra

Loren Lind

A member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1974, Loren N. Lind was born in Honolulu, where he attended the University of Hawaii. He studied with the principal flutists of the Honolulu Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, and the NHK Symphony of Tokyo. In Philadelphia he studied with Murray Panitz, who was The Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal flute at that time.

Mr. Lind has served in the flute sections of the Honolulu Symphony and the Philadelphia Lyric Opera Orchestra, and he has appeared as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, and the Hawaii Youth Orchestra. He is a member of the Conwell Woodwind Quintet at Temple University and has appeared on The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Chamber Music Series on numerous occasions. He has also performed in many concerts, both orchestral and chamber, throughout the Delaware Valley.

A faculty member of Temple University since 1976, Mr. Lind also served on the faculty of the University of the Arts. He was one of the original members of the Philadelphia Orchestra Media Institute and played a guiding role in the Institute’s first recording.

We are continuing our conversation with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra about their beginnings in music, their inspirations and aspirations. Please join us each week to see many of your new favorites featured right here!

Q: What CD are you currently listening to? LP’s-Das Lied Von Der Erde and Opera Arias sung by Fritz Wunderlich

 Q: Is there a genre of music, other than classical, that makes your spirit soar? 50’s and 60’s jazz

 Q: Other than music, what inspires you most? Fine arts

 Q: Who else in your family is musical? My son is a singer songwriter -indie rock-in NYC

 Q: Who first introduced you to your instrument? What do you remember about the experience?Band director in instrumental music class in 6th grade, I was first attracted to the flute having attended Honolulu Symphony Orchestrra Concerts. My first time blowing into the flute resulted in a decent tone-a big encouragement!

 Q: What is your all-time favorite piece (to play, to listen to, etc.)? Schubert Lieder w ith Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

 Q: What is it that you like most about this piece? Great variety of mood and character, wonderful melodies and interesting accompaniments.

 Q: What is your perfect family dinner night? Good food, good conversation!

Q: Do you always have music on your mind?  No, I have a wide variety of interests and enjoy following politics, reading mysteries, biographies,histories, listening to music and gardening.

 Q: What do you most enjoy teaching?  The best way to produce a focused, varied and beautiful tone.

 Q: What changes would you implement at a grade school level to instill a greater interest in music studies? A general exposure to all kinds of music in a relaxed environment, with the possibility of discussing w hat has been exposed to.

 Q: What is your favorite thing to do w hen not performing? Gardening, reading and listening to music.

 Q: When did you first know that you wanted to be a professional musician?  As a high school student.

 Q: Who is your favorite musical icon, living or dead?  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Q: Do you still get nervous before a performance, and if so – how do you cope? Sometimes! Deep breathing and focusing on enjoying the anticipation of the performance and not worrying about making mistakes, which everyone does, at times

 Q: What is your general practice routine? I don’t have one, other than practicing when I feel the need.

 Q: What aspect of making music excites you the most right now? Producing an interesting and beautiful interpretation. Experimenting with the instrument I play and how it can be made more responsive.

 Q: Any closing thoughts for your followers, fans, and admirers? Enjoy the experience of the music and the performers you play with!


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