Lori Lovato is clarinetist for The Santa Fe Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Sphinx Symphony in Detroit, Performance Santa Fe Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Opera Southwest Orchestra, and the Alter Ego Jazz Trio, as well as an Artist-Clinician for Backun Musical Services in Vancouver, Canada, and founding member of the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet. She has also appeared with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Music at Angel Fire, Chamber Music Albuquerque, Chatter (Albuquerque), Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe New Music, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Monterrey, Mexico, and has toured with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players. Most recently, Lovato performed at the California Napa Valley Festival del Sole along with other members of the Sphinx Symphony, conducted by Pinchas Zukerman and Carlo Ponti Jr.
Lovato is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico. Her clarinet teachers include Clark Brody, Robert Marcellus, Keith Lemmons, Floyd Williams, and Eddie Daniels. In addition to bass and E-flat clarinet, Lovato also enjoys doubling on flute and saxophone for various musicals and contemporary ensembles. Prior to her performing career, Lovato was the band and orchestra director at West Mesa and Cibola High Schools in Albuquerque. Currently, she maintains a private clarinet studio and performs for musical outreach programs throughout our community.