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Lori K. Honer, DMA

Title: Adjunct Faculty
Company: Jordan College of the Arts, Butler University
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 

Lori K. Honer, DMA, an adjunct faculty member at Jordan College of the Arts, Butler University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music and cello education, study, and performance.

A cellist for more than four decades and teacher for nearly 25 years starting in public, private, and community schools, Dr. Honer’s areas of expertise are string pedagogy, music teacher education, and chamber music coaching, as well as cello performance, teaching, and pedagogy. She teaches string techniques classes at the university for students who want to become orchestra directors or band directors. Dr. Honer also teaches private students and coaches chamber music at her own local cello school with most of her pupils being pre-college students interested in attending a music conservatory. Always the role model and student herself, she still practices daily to maintain the ability to accomplish at a high level everything she does daily. Her work ethic has garnered her accolades, including being named the 2022 Studio Teacher of the Year by the American String Teachers Association, Indiana Chapter, and harkens back to when she was a 17-year-old first chair principal cellist in the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Dr. Honer cites her most notable achievement, however, as helping her students whom she teaches more than music by encouraging them to give back to their community as displayed when she and her students played a benefit concert, and all proceeds were donated to UNICEF for the Ukraine. Her students often send her letters of gratitude for positively and tremendously impacting their lives, and she keeps the written words of praise in a box ready to reach whenever she has a rough day. Attributing her success to her passion for her profession, tenacity, drive, and support from loved ones, Dr. Honer envisions that she will keep striving rather than ever retire. She advises her students and anyone that if they do what they really love, everything else they desire will follow. Such was the case with Dr. Honer while she was growing up in Indiana and given the opportunity to study an instrument in elementary school. She was first offered a chance to play strings, then specifically the cello, which she loved. 

In addition to teaching at Butler University, Dr. Honer maintains a professional career in cello performance and is the director of the Indianapolis Cello School. Previously, she was a lecturer at Franklin College and at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in cello performance from CCM, a Master of Arts in teaching music and pedagogy from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from DePauw University along with memberships in the Pi Kappa Lambda music honor society and the American String Teachers Association, Indiana Chapter. Looking toward the future, Dr. Honer plans to publish a book she is writing about pedagogy, record music, and continue to perform and teach. Apart from music, she enjoys watching films with her husband, Jerry Honer, hiking, and cooking.

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