Oboist and English hornist Cindy Behmer is currently a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Cindy teaches private oboe lessons and reed making in Tucson, Arizona.
Originally from Sacramento, California, her primary teacher has been Dr. Neil Tatman with whom she has completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona as well as her B.M. and M.M. performance degrees. Ms. Behmer has also pursued additional study with Thomas Stacy, Carolyn Hove, and Lindabeth Binkley.
In addition to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Behmer is a member of the Tucson Chamber Artists orchestra and performs regularly with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, and St. Andrew’s Bach Society. Since 2010, she has performed with the festival orchestra and chamber ensemble of Music in the Mountains located in Grass Valley, California. In December, 2009 Ms. 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 most recent 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 will give a lecture-recital at the 2011 College Music Society International Conference held in Seoul, South Korea.
Cindy enjoys listening to several types of Musics and her academic studies, including a doctoral minor in Music in General Education, afforded her the opportunity to teach several sessions of Music in World Cultures and History of American Rock and Pop at the University of Arizona. To enhance her listening enjoyment Cindy joined the Tucson-based Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble as percussionist.
Ms. Behmer maintains a large private oboe studio ranging in levels from beginner, through the young-advanced, to adult-amateur. Her students hold recurring positions with Regional and All-State honor bands and orchestra, have served as members of the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, and perform in the annual Behmer Oboe Studio Recital and December Oboe Duet Show (The DODS).
Cindy currently gives lessons at three different locations to better serve her students throughout the sprawling city of Tucson: the Southwest Guitar Studio (Speedway & Swan), the Tucson Symphony Center (Grant & 6th Ave) as well as her home (Irvington & Campbell).
Please contact me for lessons, reeds, or performances. I look forward to hearing from you!