Lori Honer, D.M.A.

“Each of my students is on a journey toward becoming a better musician, of course. But most importantly, their journey is moving them toward becoming the best version of themselves. To that end, it is important that I meet students where they are and recognize each journey is unique. My job is to be their guide along the way and it is imperative that my guidance be relevant and appropriate to each student’s needs. To do this, I must know my students: recognize them as they see themselves and celebrate who they are becoming.”


Lecturer of music, string studies

Educational Background

  • D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music – Cincinnati, OH
  • M.A.T., Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music – Bloomington, IN
  • B.M., DePauw University, School of Music – Greencastle, IN

Year Joined Franklin



Private and group strings lessons (violin, viola, cello, and bass), string pedagogy and literature, chamber music, orchestra, and music history

Why play in Franklin College’s String Ensemble?

Playing in Franklin College’s String Ensemble provides students a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and build community, while experiencing the joy of making music. Through the study and performance of the string orchestra literature, students will continue to build their technical facility, listening skills, and musical expression. All members of the String Ensemble also have the opportunity to study and perform chamber music each semester, which further develops of each student’s musicianship.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Honer has taught strings, coached chamber music, conducted orchestras, and taught beginning string classes at both the pre-college and collegiate levels for over twenty years and her students have gone on to have successful teaching and performing careers of their own. Prior to joining Franklin College’s faculty, she taught at Vincennes University and the University of Cincinnati. She also enjoys an active performing career, as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. At age 17, Dr. Honer made her Carnegie Hall debut and has since performed concerts throughout the United States and Europe.

Something My Colleagues Don’t Know About Me

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