Lorri began playing violin when she was 9. After receiving her music education degree from CMU, she played violin/viola with the Grand Rapids Symphony for 16 years. Before joining the TSO, she served as principal 2nd violin in the West Shore Symphony for 20 years. She also manages, arranges music for and performs with Bach to Bacharach; a west Michigan-area string quartet recently featured in the Southwest Michigan Symphony “Casual Classics” series.
Lorri retired from Grand Valley State University, where she taught violin/viola, cello/bass classes for over 15 years. She also worked for Grandville Public Schools, taking charge of their entire string program from 5th grade through high school.
From there, she established her own string program at Meyer Music in Grand Rapids, incorporating the Suzuki method with traditional orchestral classes for children ages 2-16. In addition to performing and teaching, Lorri also worked in the instrument repair department at Meyer Music and then for the Yamaha Corporation, doing custom repairs and quality control research.