Cynthia begins her 25th season with the CSO this year! She started playing the violin at age 4. At age 10, she studied at the new School of Music in Philadelphia and switched to the viola. She went on to study at the North Carolina School for the Arts, Boston University, the University of Houston and holds a master's degree in performance from Rice University. She spent summers at the Meadowmount School, Tanglewood, Graz and Grand Tetons Music Festivals. Cynthia is former principal violist of the Corpus Christi Symphony and Savannah Symphony, a former member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, Houston Ballet, Fort Worth Symphony and a 10-year substitute with the Houston Symphony. She is celebrating her 30th season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra in Western New York this summer. She is a founding member of the chamber music group Mosaic. Cynthia was the orchestra librarian of the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Savannah Symphony and assistant librarian of the Chautauqua Symphony for more than 20 years. She is avid music educator / teacher and advocate for arts education, a longtime viola coach with Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, Northwest School of the Arts and her own private teaching studio.