Bio and photos

Lois Bliss Herbine is a solo piccolo artist on Crystal Records. All six accompanied recordings from her CD, Take Wing, including premieres of Daugherty, Persichetti, and Dorff, can be heard on radio stations across the United States.

Lois Bliss Herbine, piccolo. Photo by Paul Sirchman

Lois Bliss Herbine, piccolo. Photo by Paul Sirchman

Flute Talk and Flute Network reviews describe her piccolo as “enchanting”, “mesmerizing”, and “vivid”. The Gramophone hails her recital as “high-flying” and Music Web International exclaims, “Another leading wind soloist takes flight”. In 2000 Herbine was invited to give a solo performance on the flute and piccolo for the Republican Governors’ Association at the Republican National Convention. Since then she has performed multiple times at National Flute Association conventions to favorable press, including recent premieres of music for piccolo by Lucien Posman, David Finko, Daniel Dorff and Cynthia Folio.

The Flute Music of Cynthia Folio concert in Charlotte NC with (top row) Stephanie Rea, the Silverwind Duo (Andrew Seigel bass clarinet and Nicole McPherson), the flute duo ZAWA (Claudia Anderson and Jill Felber), pianist Matthew Bengtson and Julie Hobbs (bottom row L to R) Lois Herbine and composer Cynthia Folio

The Flute Music of Cynthia Folio concert in Charlotte NC with (top row) Stephanie Rea, the Silverwind Duo (Andrew Seigel bass clarinet and Nicole McPherson), the flute duo ZAWA (Claudia Anderson and Jill Felber), pianist Matthew Bengtson and Julie Hobbs (bottom row) Lois Herbine and composer Cynthia Folio

As a commercial orchestral artist, Herbine has served as principal flute for Peter Nero’s Philly Pops and the Mann Festival orchestra, and performed in soundtracks for television and radio specials, theme music and commercials.

Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

Peter Nero’s Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

She has been a backup orchestral artist for YESHenry ManciniArt Garfunkel, Linda Eder, Michael Feinstein, and SONY artists John Legend and Il Divo, as well as other popular, rock and country music artists.

Lois Herbine with IlDivo members Urs Buhler, Carlos Marin and David Miller

Lois Herbine with IlDivo members Urs Buhler, Carlos Marin and David Miller

Herbine was a freelancer in Philadelphia for twenty years, providing orchestral accompaniment for over forty musical organizations.

Salute to Vienna North American concerts

Salute to Vienna
North American concerts

She still performs regularly as piccoloist with the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Reading Symphony Orchestra 2014 Season brochure

Reading Symphony Orchestra 2014 Season brochure

Herbine was the founder and artistic director of Concerts at Carmel when it celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009. A recording on the DTR label highlighting live performances from Concerts at Carmel’s 2006 season has received favorable press from Philadelphia critics as well as comparison to internationally renowned chamber ensembles. Her performance was praised as a “model of color-driven expression” (David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer).

Cellist Lloyd Smith, flutist Lois Herbine with composers Katherine Hoover and Joseph Hallman at post-concert reception, Concerts at Carmel, Glenside, PA

Cellist Lloyd Smith, flutist Lois Herbine with composers Katherine Hoover and Joseph Hallman at post-concert reception, Concerts at Carmel, Glenside, PA

Lois Bliss Herbine is a committed exponent of contemporary music, having commissioned and performed it with a number of ensembles on recordings for New World Records and Albany Records including premieres of orchestral music by Gunther Schuller, Andrea Clearfield, Peter Schickele, Melinda Wagner, Sofia Gubaidulina and Bernard Hermann.

Solo Flute, alto flute and piccolo with Orchestra 2001 at the Kimmel Center in the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield's The Long Bright

Solo flute, alto flute and piccolo with Orchestra 2001 at the Kimmel Center in the world premiere of Andrea Clearfield’s The Long Bright with soprano Hila Plitmann

As a writer, Herbine has contributed articles for the national trade magazines Flute Talk and The Flutist Quarterly , the American Music’s Center’s web-magazine, New Music Box, and Indiana University Press. She earned her Bachelor of Music from the New School of Music, Philadelphia, receiving the school’s highest honors in performance and academic achievement. A native of the Philadelphia area, Herbine is a student of William Kincaid’s “American School” and her biography is listed in the twelfth edition of The International Who’s Who of Musicians.

Lois Herbine performing Joseph La Monaca's Saltarello and David Finko's piccolo concerto with the Kutztown University orchestra

Lois Herbine performing Joseph La Monaca’s Saltarello and David Finko’s piccolo concerto with the Kutztown University orchestra

She is an American representative for the International Piccolo Symposium, having taught alongside Nicola Mazzanti (Italy), Jean-Louis Beaumadier (France), Peter Verhoyen (Belgium) and Cynthia Ellis, Jan Gippo and Christine Beard (USA). In a 2009 IPS review, Canadian piccoloist Nancy Nourse of Flute Focus magazine considered Herbine a “piccolo pedagogue extraordinaire”.

Lois Herbine, Nicola Mazzanti and Christine Beard

Lois Herbine, Nicola Mazzanti and Christine Beard, resident artists at the International Piccolo Symposium

With the support of Powell Flutes, Herbine is currently giving lectures and masterclasses at Universities across the country on both piccolo performance and performing musically, following 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”.

Lecture for the University of North Texas

Lecture for Mary Karen Clardy’s flute studio at the University of North Texas, Denton

For a printable version of this biography visit

Powell Flutes Academy Masters site

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