40th Annual Flute Festival

Lorna McGhee

March 4, 2023

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Timashev Building, 1900 College

The Central Ohio Flute Association (COFA) welcomes internationally acclaimed flutist Lorna McGhee, principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and artist lecturer at Carnegie Mellon University. The festival features a recital and master class by McGhee, a flute choir showcase, exhibitors, competition finals, lectures, clinics and more, all in the new Ohio State Timashev Family Music Building.

Online registration for attendees opens February 4, or register at the door. The link will be posted at the COFA (Central Ohio Flute Association) website and on social media in February.


Questions? Contact Professor Katherine Borst Jones at jones.6@osu.edu.

Scottish-born Lorna McGhee was appointed principal flute of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in 2012. Known for her “exceptionally rich and vibrant tone” (Washington Post), McGhee has performed as guest principal with Chicago Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and has been fortunate to work with conductors such as Haitink, Gergiev, Rattle, Solti, Harnoncourt, Muti and Honeck. Before emigrating to North America in 1998, McGhee was co-principal flute of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, England.

As a soloist, she has given concerto performances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the United Kingdom; the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Philharmonia and Victoria Symphony in Canada; and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Symphony and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the United States. Career highlights include a performance of Penderecki's flute concerto with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra under the baton of the composer in 2004 and a performance of the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 2014 with Maestro Tortelier.

As a chamber musician and recitalist, McGhee has performed in Europe, North America, Australia, Singapore and Japan in such venues as London's Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh International Festival, the Louvre (Paris), the Schubertsaal of Vienna's Konzerthaus, Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Read more.