Dr. Cindy Behmer is a prominent freelance oboist and educator based in Sacramento, California. Since relocating to Sacramento in 2013, Dr. Behmer has performed with Reno Philharmonic, the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Stockton Symphony, the Fresno Grand Opera, Fresno Philharmonic, Townsend and Stockton Operas, the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Schola Cantorum, Camerata Capistrano, and the Zion Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Behmer teaches private oboe, English horn, and reed making lessons, serving the greater Sacramento, California area (including Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Galt, Lodi, and Stockton). She is also an oboe instructor with the Bocal Majority and Operation Oboe (Northern California location) NorCal camp held at CSU, Sacramento.
In addition to freelancing, Dr. Behmer serves as Director of Music and Adult Choir Director at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Elk Grove.
Behmer served as oboist and solo English hornist with the Tucson Symphony
Orchestra for several years while completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree
(2011) at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Dr. Neil Tatman. She held
positions with the Tucson Chamber Artists Orchestra, the Tucson Pops
Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, St. Andrew’s Bach Society and
concertized on several different chamber music series including St. Philip’s Friends of Music. Dr.
Behmer continues to concertize with her Tucson-based reed trio, Zephyrus Reed
Trio and double-reed duo, Kontra-Cor Duo. Dr. Behmer has also pursued additional study with Thomas Stacy, Carolyn Hove, Dr. Lindabeth Binkley, and Paula Engerer.
Behmer’s international music highlights include an invitation from the Southern
Arizona Symphony Orchestra to join as principal oboist for an exciting ten-day tour
of China in 2009. The tour included 6 concerts given in 5 cities (including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Dalian) in top-rated venues. 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. Both musical
engagements were rich in cultural experiences.
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 maintains a large Private Oboe Studio ranging in levels from beginner, through the young-advanced, to adult-amateur. Her students have 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).
In addition to working as a freelance musician, a private instructor, and Band Instructor at St. Peter’s Lutheran School, Dr. Behmer is a proud mother of an active toddler.
"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. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!"