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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of  Music
September 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Lori Gemmell

Contract Academic Staff; Harp Instructor

Contact Information

Office Location: A304

Academic Background

Masters and Bachelor of Music in Performance from University of Toronto.


Lori Gemmell has been harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1999. Before joining the KWS she played with Orchestra London and with the Calgary Phillharmonic Orchestra. She received her Masters degree from the University of Toronto where she studied with eminent harpist, Judy Loman. Lori also studied with Catherine Michel in Paris, France and Alice Chalifoux in Camden, Maine.

She has been a regular performer with the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Belladonna and Le NEM, a contemporary chamber group in Montreal with whom she toured through Europe and Japan. She has had solo concerto performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London, among others.

Lori teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University, Redeemer University College and has a private studio in Toronto. She is a member of the Four Seasons Harp Quartet, and has played on recordings with singer-songwriters Kevin Fox, and the Grammy-nominated The Reminder by Feist. She also enjoys creating performances of music and story with her husband Tom Allen.

In 2002, Lori released her first solo CD entitled “Prelude, solo harp,” in 2009, a harp duo recording with Jennifer Swartz, The Garden of Peacocks, on the Atma label, in 2010,

Divertissement, with trumpeter Larry Larson, in 2011 a solo recording, Canadian Music for Harp.