Drawn to Pittsburgh: Lorna McGhee

Lorna McGhee

Position: Principal Flute

Joined the PSO in 2012

Previous positions: BBC Symphony, co-principal; guest principal with Chicago Symphony, London Symphony


“I was born in Scotland, trained in London and had no connection with the US musical scene. However, Pittsburgh Symphony was on my radar, due to it’s international reputation. In fact, while I was still a student at the Royal Academy, my teacher, William Bennett, former principal flute of London Symphony and English Chamber Orchestra was invited to play with Pittsburgh for a few weeks when they were searching to fill the principal flute position after Bernie Goldberg retired. It is a testament to the PSO’s standing abroad that players like this would be interested in looking into the position.


“I have always held the PSO in high esteem and was delighted to become a member in 2012. I moved from Vancouver, Canada to Pittsburgh. My non-musician friends couldn’t understand why I would leave behind the incredible natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, but my musician friends understood perfectly. The PSO means so much. If I could sum up the qualities: the musicians always strive for the highest standards and give their best in every performance. The commitment and spirit of the PSO is unmatched. The performances are unique.”