piccolo player from Somerset,
Pennsylvania, who started
playing piano at three years of age.
She attended Somerset Area Senior High School,
University, and the
Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Jeffrey Khaner and earned her Master’s degree. While attending school in Cleveland, she
developed a penchant for piccolo, and studied this with William Hebert.
whom she has worked include the Boston Pops, the Boston Symphony Chamber
Players, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Houston
Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the New England Baroque Soloists, and
the Omaha Symphony.
In April 2004,
she and Jeff Robinson gave the world premiere of “Concerto for
Piccolo and Contrabassoon” by Damian Montano with the Houston
Symphony in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center
for Performing Arts.
She joined the
Boston Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2006. On 7th September 2007, the
BSO performed “Concerto for Orchestra” by Bela
Bartok and “Three Illusions” by Elliott Carter.
The New England Baroque Soloists took the stage in
Chapin Hall at Williams
College on 4th
April 2008. Their program
comprised: Adagio from “Oboe
Concerto” by Alessandro Marcello; Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 5
and “Concerto for Flute, Violin, Harpsichord, Strings and Basso”
by Johann Sebastian Bach; “Cello Sonata in A major, G4” by
Luigi Boccherini; “Concerto for Two Horns, Two Oboes, Strings and
Basso Continuo by George Frideric Handel; “Concerto
for Two Trumpets, Strings and Basso Continuo” by Petronio
Franceschini; and, “Ouverture”
from Musique de Table (III) by Georg Philipp
On 8th October 2009, Vasily
Petrenko conducted the BSO in an all-Russian
program that included “The Isle of the Dead” by Sergei
Rachmaninoff, “Scherzo fantastique”
by Igor Stravinsky, and “Symphony No. 10” by Dmitri
The Boston Pops celebrated their 125th anniversary
on 2nd July 2010 with guest artists Michael Chertock,
Idina Menzel and Doc Severinsen at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. The evening highlighted works made
famous by the Boston Pops’ conductors, Arthur Fiedler, Keith
Lockhart, and John Williams.
On 30th July 2010, the Boston Symphony
Chamber Players offered up “Mladi” by
Leos Janacek, “La Nouvelle Orleans” by Lalo
Schifrin, “Opus Number Zoo” by Luciano
Berio, and “Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet”
by Gyorgy Ligeti.
They were joined by James David Christie, artist-in
residence and organist at the College of the Holy Cross, on 10th
April 2011 for a concert at St. Paul’s
School in Concord, New Hampshire. The concert consisted of music by Jehan Alain, J.S. Bach, Alban Berg, Jacques Berthier, Georg Bohm, and
Antonio Vivaldi. James reunited
with them for a similar program at St. Joseph Memorial Chapel on 23rd
In the field of music education, Cynthia has given
master classes, organized outreach concert, and served as the BSO Academy
School Initiative’s UBS musician-in residence.
Recordings on which she appears include the soundtrack
of The American Experience, Beyond the Odyssey by her husband,
Steve Laven, and Chris Botti in Boston.