Cindy Behmer, D.M.A.
Oboe and English horn
Dr. Cindy Behmer teaches oboe and English horn at California State University, Sacramento. In addition to teaching, Dr. Behmer freelances with several groups in Northern California and Nevada, including Stockton Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Zion Chamber Orchestra, Fresno Philharmonic, and Merced Symphony. She is also an oboe instructor with the Bocal Majority and Operation Oboe NorCal camp held at CSU, Sacramento (on hold since 2020).
Dr. Behmer maintains a large private studio serving the greater Sacramento area. Her students have achieved principal positions with the Sacramento Youth Symphony and Tucson Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, All-State Bands and Orchestra, and All-Northern Honor Band. In addition, former high school students have gone on to study oboe at the Curtis Institute of Music and other 4-year universities.
Upon completion of her Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2011) at the University of Arizona with Dr. Neil Tatman, Dr. Behmer served as tenured oboist and English hornist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. She also held positions with the Tucson Chamber Artists Orchestra, the Tucson Pops Orchestra and concertized on several chamber music series including St. Philip’s Friends of Music and St. Andrew’s Bach Society. Dr. Behmer has also pursued additional study with Thomas Stacy, Carolyn Hove, Dr. Lindabeth Binkley, and Paula Engerer.
In 2011, Dr. Behmer gave a lecture-recital at the College Music Society International Conference held in Seoul, South Korea. The lecture recital, titled Exploring the Sounds of Doubling Double Reeds: Demonstrating New Music for English horn and Contrabassoon, featured compositions that were commissioned by her duo, Kontra-Cor Duo. The Kontra-Cor Duo is a doubling double-reed duo that specializes in commissioning works for doubling double-reed artists. Dr. Behmer also had the honor of joining the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra for an exciting ten-day tour of China in 2009. The tour included 6 concerts given in 5 cities (including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Dalian). Both musical engagements were rich in cultural experiences.
Dr. Behmer taught Music in General Education courses at the University of Arizona between 2006-2010 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, including Music in World Cultures and History of American Rock and Pop. Dr. Behmer also served as a sabbatical fill-in and taught Applied Oboe and Woodwind Techniques courses to undergraduate oboists. Dr. Behmer joined the Tucson-based Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble as percussionist to complement her non-Western musical interests.
Dr. Behmer currently plays on a Rosewood Covey Ramsay (2021) built by Ginger Ramsay and Kip Zimmerman.
When not teaching, playing, or making reeds... Dr. Behmer enjoys quality time with her husband and young family at their home in rural Wilton where they enjoy outside-time together in the garden and with their animals.
"I teach private lessons from my 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. I am also available for online instruction. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!"