Lori Hope Baumel is a cultural arts columnist and composer. She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition and Theory from the University of Miami, where she also double majored in music education. Ms. Baumel was the private composition student of Dr. Alfred Reed and studied piano with Dr. Max Leper. Her career began as an arranger and producer of music for multimedia.
As the creative director of Traks, Inc and Coconuts recording studios in Miami, she wrote music for television, film and radio. Her many credits include the score for the Emmy award winning TV show Kid’s Beat (WPLG-Miami) and The Still Small Voice. Her soundtracks received quite a few Addy’s and a Clio. ASCAP granted her the ASCAPLUS award for six years in a row. In addition, she has written education materials for various music labels (i.e. Silver Burdett) and has contributed to several stock music libraries.
Upon moving to NYC, Lori put her time in as an audio engineer for the ABC National Radio network and conducted/composed for the Steven Wise Free Synagogue Choir. One of her more enjoyable abstract projects: the score for the play Kiki of Montparnasse was based on the relationship of the artist Man Ray and his muse. Two of her works, Bells Of Freedom and Candle Blessings, were featured in “Spotlight on Young Musicians” at the Kravis Center in Palm Beach County, FL. In 2007, she was commissioned to write The Constitution for the same venue. Her publications have been performed all over the world and her solo piece 60 Second Audition continues to help middle school vocalists audition for the art school of their choice.
Lori conducts composition workshops and lectures, continually encouraging students to explore their creative abilities and, more importantly, teaches them the tools to do so. Her experience in the recording industry has made her a sought after coach to young musicians that want to work professionally in a studio environment.
Currently, Lori Hope Baumel is the President of Creative Audio Services and Glassblock Music Publishing Company. From her studio in Wellington, FL, she continues to compose for educational and commercial projects. Professional memberships have included:
- ASCAP: American Society For Composers, Authors and Publishers
- MENC: The National Association For Music Education
- American Choral Directors Association
- Florida Music Educators’ Association
- Florida Vocal Association
- Florida Elementary Music Educators Association
- AGEHR: American Guild of English Handbell Ringers