Cynthia Mauney
1st Violin

Ms. Mauney was born in Roselyn Heights, NY and grew up in Oberlin, Ohio.

She studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Oberlin College, where in addition to her musical pursuits she received a B.A. in French Literature.

NOTE. In 1871, a convention held at Oberlin College played an important part in the success of the singing group, which just after their performance there would be named the Fisk Jubilee Singers. While their performance to the organizational meeting of the National Council of Congregational Churches convention held at Oberlin College did not immediately change their circumstances, it was:

That is an important occurance in history 16, "Just A Closer Walk with Thee" told in the companion book, History Through 26 Hyms and Songs. That history includes a discussion of how that singing group was instrumental in facilitating plantation spirituals crossing from being strictly part of an oral tradition, to becoming commercially published.

Ms. Mauney’s experience as a violinist includes being assistant concertmaster of both the:

She has been a vital member of the Washington DC music community for decades through her orchestral and chamber work.

Unlike others in the chamber orchestra that Mr. Walters put together for this album, Ms. Mauney was not a member of one of the Military music service bands. She became Instead she was a freelance musician. She became part of the freelance work performed by the Air Force Strolling Strings by learning their repertoire and performed with members of that group many times over the years in private functions.

Other freelance activities included: recording artist, including numerous scores for National Geographic Specials; and many CDs as well as countless television and radio jingles. Other experiences in Washington DC included: working extensively with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra; the Handel Festival Orchestra; and the National Gallery Orchestra, et al.

Ms. Mauney studied the Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow for many years. She continued her study of the Alexander Technique at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia, where she joined the faculty for over 10 years. The influence of that work reverberates through Cynthia's life as a violinist, performer, and teacher.

Other interests include: scuba diving; gardening; visual arts; and digital graphic design. Ms. Mauney experiences the joy and the graceful unfolding of life through the eyes of her two daughters, Celeste Tian-Tian, and Ariel Bei-ni.


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