Lynne Tobin


Lynne Tobin grew up in Plymouth, Michigan and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, the University of Michigan and Northern Illinois University, earning two degrees in cello performance.

An independent school educator for 40 years, Lynne recently retired from teaching general music and strings at the Pathfinder School. She currently plays cello with the Traverse Symphony in addition to conducting the unique, multi-generational community orchestras, Civic Prelude and Civic Sinfonia String Ensemble. Ms Tobin has presented lectures and clinics for the American OrffSchulwerk Association, Georgia and Michigan Music Educators Associations, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, the East Asia Regional Council of Schools in Manila, Philippines and the Alaska String Camps.

Lynne came to Traverse City from Ann Arbor, Michigan where she taught strings and photography at the Emerson School and was director of The Michigan Children of SCORE (String, Choral, Orff and Recorder Ensemble) and the Junior and Sterling String Orchestras through the School for the Performing Arts. She is a recipient of the 2014 Traverse Bay Area Outstanding Educators Award. Prior to Lynne’s work in Ann Arbor, she taught at the Savannah Country Day School in Georgia for 15 years and was principal cellist of the Savannah Symphony. To thank her for many years of work with children in the community, the Mayor proclaimed April 18, 1994 as ‘Lynne Tobin Day’ in the city of Savannah.