She began piano study at the age of 5, continued through high school and college, and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with concentration in piano, voice and choral music, from James Madison University. As well as teaching piano and voice to all ages, Cindy’s life as a pianist, singer, conductor, and performer has allowed her to wear many musical hats for over 20 years. She taught K -12 public and private school music and drama for ten years in Naples, FL, and at the American School in Asuncion, Paraguay - teaching elementary music, conducting choirs and bands, and directing musicals.
She has been Musical Director/Pianist throughout the east coast in regional theatre, dinner theatre, resorts and with the USO in Germany and Italy. Locally, Cindy has been Musical Director/Pianist for many Gainesville Community Players productions. She performs with her improvisational piano duo “Without a Net”, with several jazz groups, and sometimes as a soloist, employing a blend of familiar and unfamiliar melodies, instruments and technologies.
Though trained classically, Cindy also plays by ear, and enjoys playing and teaching Blues, Jazz and Pop styles. She arranges and composes, and is a music technology “geek”, incorporating Garage Band, popular sequencing and notation software, and a host of musical apps in her personal music creativity and in her teaching. Cindy has studied free improvisation with Grammy award winning artists Bobby McFerrin and David Darling, and with Music for People, a national training organization for improvizational music. She is a member of the National Association of Music Teachers, Florida State Music Teachers Association, and the Gainesville Music Teacher's Association.