Lori Akins is an active soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, and teacher. She is the principal flutist of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and flutist and piccoloist with the Columbus Symphony and Ohio Valley Symphony. Akins has performed with the Springfield Symphony Woodwind Quartet in numerous educational concerts and with the Springfield Symphony Woodwind Quintet as part of the summer Lunch on the Lawn series. In addition, she has been a featured soloist with the Springfield Symphony’s Masterworks series. She has performed and presented masterclasses and clinics at universities, high schools, and at National Flute Association conventions. She has served as an adjudicator for the Music Teachers National Association, Ohio Music Teachers Association, Northeastern Ohio Flute Association, Central Ohio Flute Association, and National Flute Association. Her pre-college flute and piccolo studio is represented in youth orchestras around the state and has produced competition winners at the local and national levels. Lori received a Master of Music degree in flute performance and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at The Ohio State University. She is a founding member and past president of the Central Ohio Flute Association and was for many years chairperson of their Young Artist Flute Competition.
Ms. Akins served as Secretary and General Competitions Coordinator for the National Flute Association. She has been teaching at Wittenberg since 1982.