Lory Lacy, principal
Member of the Saint Joseph Symphony since: 2010
Bio: Lory Lacy holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance degree from San Francisco Conservatory were she won the the Woodwind Concerto Competition on Carl Nielsen’s Concerto. Her undergraduate studies were spent at Oberlin Conservatory and the Peabody Institute where she graduated with high honors and won the Britten Johnson Memorial Prize. Her jazz recording, As the Crow Flies, has been played on radio stations across the country. She has been honored as part of the Women in Jazz series at the American Jazz Museum. In the summer of 2014 she studied opera as a dramatic coloratura soprano at AIMS in Graz, Austria and played in jazz clubs in both Austria and Paris. Lory is currently principal flute with the St. Joseph Symphony and plays piccolo with the Kinnor Philharmonic in Kansas City. She teaches classical and jazz flute at Missouri Western State University, plays flute and alto saxophone with the Missouri Western Faulty Jazz Ensemble, and sings in her metal band, The Royal Absinthe Company. She has recently ventured into musical theater and was musical director for Fiddler on the Roof during Western Playhouse’s record-breaking 2016 season.
How did you get started playing music?
We had just moved to Fairbanks, Alaska when my mom took me to a tiny log cabin music store and told me to pick an instrument because it was dark nine months out of the year and she wanted me to have something to do to keep me from going stir crazy with cabin fever.
Who has had the greatest influence on you as a musician?
Prince, truth be told. He was creative and highly skilled at so many aspects and genres of music. Jean-Pierre Rampal in my early years, as far as flautists go.
When you’re not rehearsing or performing, what do you like to listen to?
Tool and Iron Maiden. Metal gets me pumped for classical concerts. It also helps with nerves before a difficult program.
Do you collect anything? Any hobbies?
I collect hobbies, actually. Quilting, writing poetry, faux finishing, oil painting, cooking, and gardening. I also have a plethora of miniature tea sets that I adore.
How do you think we should keep symphony music alive for new generations?
By talking to kids about classical music and lives of the composers while offering copious amounts of chocolate. I sing the end of “Sempre Libera” at them when I substitute teach with good results. It appeals to their sense of rebellion because they know that other teachers in the building heard it, and they love high notes.
Have you recently heard great symphony music somewhere that surprised you? (ex: movie, video game, cartoon, etc)
I really enjoy the grandeur of the music in the Star Wars movies. It surprises me that often people enjoy those soundtracks without making the connection that it is symphony music they are experiencing.
What are your plans once the concert season winds down?
I plan to quilt like crazy and finish editing my psychic horror novel, The Victorian: The Past Lives of Jack the Ripper. I also wish to play music and eat ribeye as much as possible during the summer.