After studying piano for several years, Lorraine knew she would be happier playing the violin. Her parents unwittingly obliged! A native of Los Angeles, Lorraine studied violin while in high school with Audrey Call Marcelli, and with UCLA cello instructor Cesare Pascarella as a member of the Youth Symphony at the California Institute of the Arts. In college, Lorraine played in the UCLA orchestra during her freshman year under conductor Samuel Krachmalnick where she performed symphony repertoire as well as musicals and opera productions. By her second year of college, a career in law beckoned, and Lorraine took a 32 year hiatus. She couldn’t stay away, and took up playing the violin again in 2010.
Lorraine studies privately with, and sorely tries the patience of, violinists Rae Ann Goldberg and Lisa Lawson. She attends chamber music workshops, notably the California Capitol Workshop offered at CSUS each summer. At this workshop she met all of the musicians who were to become the ensemble Beethoven and Friends.
While playing chamber music with Beethoven and Friends is Lorraine’s favorite musical pastime, she also performs as the concertmaster of the Symphony d’Oro Rancho Cordova, formerly the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. She serves as a board director of the Cordova Community Council in the city of Rancho Cordova. Lorraine's mission is to increase arts awareness and activities in Rancho Cordova. She is a member of the Avalon String Quartet and performs regularly with Camerata California, as well as the Pioneer Church chamber orchestra. Lorraine enjoys an intense study of Baroque music and the historical performance of this musical style. She rehearses weekly with the Baroque-focused Camerata Capistrano at CSUS. Lorraine has also performed as a guest with the Sacramento Baroque Soloists.
In her spare time, Lorraine teaches violin lessons and serves as the President of the Symphony d’Oro Rancho Cordova. Her second passion - traveling, has taken her to Paris, China, Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria during the past four years with more exciting and intriguing venues slated for discovery!