Dr. Lori Baruth was appointed Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky in 2007. Dr. Baruth received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati (2010), her Master of Music degree from The Ohio State University (2004), and both her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from The Ohio State University (1999) as a summa cum laude graduate. Her teachers have included Richie Hawley, Steve Cohen, James Pyne, Dr. Donald McGinnis, Dr. Kathleen (Gardiner) Mulcahy, and Randy Riffle.
Dr. Baruth has performed as principal clarinet with the Huntington Symphony Orchestra, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Heisey Wind Ensemble, and the Opera Theater and Music Festival of Lucca Orchestra in Lucca, Italy. She has taught at the 2011 Festival Nacional de Música at the Escola de Música e Artes Cênicas da Universidade Federal de Goiás in Goiañia, Brazil. She has performed in the Grandin Vocal Chamber Festival and the Music05 Contemporary Music Festival. She has given recitals and masterclasses at universities in Goiañia and Florianopolis, Brazil. Dr. Baruth is active as a chamber musician and recitalist with many performances throughout the United States to her credit. She is clarinetist with the Baird Winds woodwind quintet, director of the Morehead State University Clarinet Ensemble, and has coached and adjudicated many clarinetists in Ohio and Kentucky for OMEA, KMEA, and Youth Orchestra programs. Dr. Baruth is also an active clinician and performer in high schools and middle schools around the Commonwealth of Kentucky. In the summer, Dr. Baruth serves as clarinet faculty at the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy on the campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. There, in addition to coaching clarinet lessons and chamber groups, she performs as a member of the Movére Woodwind Quintet, and gives recital performances throughout the four-week festival. She also teaches each summer at the Morehead State University Summer Arts Academy, a week-long festival for high school musicians from Kentucky and surrounding states. In August 2012, she presented her DMA research on Joan Tower as a semi-finalist in the International Clarinet Association's Research Competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Dr. Baruth lives in Winchester, Kentucky with her husband of ten years, Mark, and their children Kevin and Regan. Dr. Baruth plays Yamaha Custom Series G II Hamilton-plated clarinets.