Cynthia Johnston Turner
Turner holds the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degrees from Queens University and earned her Master of Music in music education and conducting at the University of Victoria. Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting is from the Eastman School of Music, where she was a student of Donald Hunsberger, Mark Scatterday, Brad Ludman, and Neil Varon.
In August of 2014, Cindi takes over as the Director of Bands at University of Georgia. She was the Director of Bands at Cornell University from 2004 -2014 and during that time was invited to take the Cornell Wind Ensemble to the College Band Directors National Association’s Eastern Division Conference in 2007 and 2012. Since 2006 she has organized biennial trips with the Cornell Wind Ensemble to perform across Costa Rica, lead local conducting and instrumental master classes in the country, and donate more than 250 instruments to Costa Rican music schools.
Prior appointments include the University of Rochester and Parkside High School of Dundas, Canada. Turner’s early career included middle school beginning instrumental instruction in Toronto and choral music teaching in Switzerland. In the summer, Turner currently serves as a faculty member at the Performing Arts Institute at Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Seminary and also conducts the Syracuse Society of New Music, the Austrian Festival Orchestra, and the Paris Lodron Ensemble in Salzburg.
She is the winner of Canada’s National Leadership in Education Award, the Excellence in Education Award (Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation), and the Marion Drysdale Leadership Among Women Teachers Award, also from OSSTF. During her time at Cornell, the Merrill Presidential Scholars recognized Turner as an outstanding educator and she was awarded the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in 2009. Her work with ensembles has drawn praise from a wide variety of composers including Steven Stucky, William Kraft, Steven Bryant, Dana Wilson, Roberto Sierra, and Karel Husa.
Turner’s conducting invitations include the Provincial Honor Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, as well as the National Youth Band of Canada, Concordia Santa Fe, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Kentucky Honor Band, the New Jersey Honor Band, the Latin American Honor Band, San Jose’s National Band of Costa Rica, the National Orchestra of Heredia, the Montclair State Wind Ensemble, SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble, and numerous state honor bands. She is an advocate of the 21st-century classroom, having expressed her views on technology in music education in such publications as USA Today and on American Public Media’s Performance Today.