Oboist and English hornist Dr. Cindy Behmer recently relocated to Sacramento, California after serving as a tenured member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for several years. Cindy teaches private oboe lessons and reed making, serving the greater Sacramento, California area (including Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Galt, Lodi, and Stockton).
Originally from Sacramento, California, her primary teacher was Dr. Neil Tatman with whom she completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona in 2011 as well as her M.M. (2005) and B.M. (2001) performance degrees. Dr. Behmer has also pursued additional study with Thomas Stacy, Carolyn Hove, Dr. Lindabeth Binkley, and Paula Engerer.
Since relocating to the Sacramento area, Cindy has performed with the Reno Philharmonic, the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Schola Cantorum, Music in the Mountains Orchestra, and Camerata Capistrano.
In addition to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Behmer served as a member of the Tucson Chamber Artists Orchestra and performed regularly with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, and St. Andrew’s Bach Society. In 2010 and 2011, she performed with the Festival Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble of Music in the Mountains located in Grass Valley, California. In December, 2009 Dr. Behmer was invited to join the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra as Principal Oboist for a ten day tour of China. The tour included 6 concerts given in 5 cities (including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Dalian) in top-rated venues.
Cindy's musical endeavors include the creation of the Kontra-Cor Duo with fellow Tucson Symphony colleague, Jessica Campbell (bassoon and contrabassoon). The Kontra-Cor Duo is a doubling double-reed duo that specializes in commissioning works for doubling double-reed artists. The Kontra-Cor Duo was invited to give a lecture-recital at the 2011 College Music Society International Conference held in Seoul, South Korea. In April of 2012, Kontra-Cor Duo appeared on the For the Love of Music Chamber Music Recital Series in Bisbee, AZ.
Dr. Behmer taught Music in General Education and Applied Oboe courses at the University of Arizona between 2006-2010, including Music in World Cultures and History of American Rock and Pop. Dr. Behmer also served as a sabatic fill-in and taught Applied Oboe and Woodwind Techniques courses to undergraduate oboists. Cindy joined the Tucson-based Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble as percussionist to complement her non-Western musical interests.
Dr. Behmer maintained a large Private Oboe Studio ranging in levels from beginner, through the young-advanced, to adult-amateur. Her students held recurring positions with Regional and All-State honor bands and orchestra, have served as members of the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, have advanced and received honors and Top-3 placement at various young artists competitions, and performed in the annual Behmer Oboe Studio Recital and December Oboe Duet Show (The DODS).
"Currently, I teach private lessons from home which is located in Wilton, California (approx 25 minutes south of Sacramento) and easily accessible from Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Galt, Lodi, and Stockton. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!"