PICCOLOIS - soloist and Recording Artist
Lois Bliss Herbine is an internationally renown solo piccolo recording artist. All six accompanied recordings from her CD, Take Wing, including premieres of Michael Daugherty, Daniel Dorff and Vincent Persichetti, can be heard on radio stations across the United States. The Gramophone hails her recital as “high-flying” and Music Web International exclaims, "Another leading wind soloist takes flight”. Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns described her piccolo performance for her Concerts at Carmel series DTR records release a “model of color driven expression”. A premiere solo recording on Inverno Azul (BCM&D Records) of music by composer Cynthia Folio has gained much interest in her work Philadelphia Portraits: A Spiritual Journey for piccolo and piano which is currently being performed by professional piccoloists around the world. It's first known broadcast was August 22, 2016 on Canadian radio CKWR FM 98.5.
Her first flute solo recording in a new age composition titled I Cried, was released as part of UNESCOs world peace project Action Moves People United. This double CD set made the Billboard Chart in October, 2016. Herbine also recorded for Rupam Sarmah’s, A Musical Journey: Together in Peace. Released September 21, 2017 at the United Nations, New York, this CD climbed to #1 on the Billboard World Music Chart in November 2017.
As a commercial artist, Herbine has performed in soundtracks for television and radio specials, theme music and commercials. She accompanied John Legend and recorded for Spike Lee. For four years Herbine served as both the principal flute for Peter Nero and the Philly Pops and principal flute with the Mann Festival orchestra, accompanying artists such as YES, Art Garfunkel, Brian Wilson and Linda Eder on tour.
Herbine has performed multiple times at National Flute Association conventions to favorable press, including premieres of solo music for piccolo by David Finko, Daniel Dorff, Cynthia Folio and Lucien Posman. She has performed on two closing ceremonies - in Anaheim 2010 as a duet with European piccoloist Peter Verhoyen and she shared the stage with some of the worlds' top piccolo players and the US Army Field Band during the 2015 closing ceremonies.
Lois Herbine has performed piccolo continually with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and annually for the Ocean City Pops Orchestra for over twenty years. As solo flutist and piccoloist for Philadelphia’s new music ensemble, Orchestra 2001, for eighteen years Herbine worked closely with and premiered orchestral music by many composers including Gunther Schuller, Tan Dun, George Rockberg, Andrea Clearfield, Gerald Levinson, Melinda Wagner and Jennifer Higdon. She recorded with the ensemble for CRI (New World Records) in the Music of our Time CD series and for Albany Records.
Herbine has performed as piccolo soloist with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Cal State Band Fullerton, the Kutztown University Orchestra, the Philadelphia Sinfonia and the Abington Chamber Orchestra. When the Republican National convention was held in Philadelphia, she was invited to give a solo performance on flute and piccolo for the Republican Governors' Association.
On November 7, 2017 Herbine premiered a ground breaking new work by composer Howard Hersh for piccolo solo with a sixteen-piccolo recorded accompaniment, prepared by engineer Drew Taurisano. This was the final work on her full piccolo recital at the Festival of New American Music in Sacramento California, celebrating the series’ 40-year anniversary. Plans have begun for a future performance at the Lackawanna County Anthracite Heritage Festival. The music will then be on permanent display accompanying a video via a recorded version at The Anthracite Heritage Museum in Scranton, PA.
While Lois Herbine has maintained an active teaching studio at her home in suburban Philadelphia for thirty-five years, it is only in recent years that professional flutists and piccoloists have sought her for private lessons and coaching. As a resident instructor of the International Piccolo Symposium, a 2009 review by Nancy Nourse for Flute Focus magazine named Herbine a “piccolo pedagogue extraordinaire”. She unwaveringly continues the pedagogy of her teacher John Krell and his book Kincaidiana on the legacy and pedagogy of the Philadelphia Orchestra's principal winds from the "Golden Age".
As a writer, Herbine has contributed articles for the national trade magazines Flute Talk, The Flutist Quarterly, the Flute View, the American Music's Center's web-magazine, New Music Box, and Indiana University Press. A native of the Philadelphia area, Lois Herbine studied flute with Frank Versaci and Kazuo Tokito and graduated from the New School of Music, Philadelphia as a student of David Cramer, John Krell and Deborah Carter Smith with the school's highest honors in performance and academic achievement. With the support of Powell Flutes, Lois Herbine gives her “Golden Age” lecture, piccolo recitals and masterclasses at flute clubs and Universities across the country, including co-headlining a recent Greater Philadelphia Flute Society "Flute Fair” with flutist Lorna McGhee.
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