CSO Musician Lori Honer playing cello

Lori Honer

A seasoned performer and educator with over 35 years of experience, cellist, Dr. Lori Honer began her professional career by performing at Carnegie Hall as the principal cellist of a national youth orchestra at the age of 17. Since then she has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. In addition to being a member of the Carmel Symphony’s cello section, Dr. Honer serves as a faculty member in the Music School at Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts. She is also the founder and director of the Indianapolis Cello School.

Dr. Honer earned a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance from DePauw University, a Master of Arts for Teachers from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance and literature from the University of Cincinnati College- Conservatory of Music where she was awarded a full scholarship. Other honors include being named the Indiana Chapter of the American String Teachers Association’s “Studio Teacher of the Year 2022” and being inducted into Marquis Who’s Who in America and included in their Top Professionals series in 2023. While her career has been filled with many highlights, she takes the most pride in watching her students go on to realize their dreams of achieving successful careers of their own. Dr. Honer lives in Indianapolis with her husband and their beautiful black cat, Oona. She plays a cello made by Sebastien Klotz in 1760.