Cynthia Drexler holds both a Masters Degree in Music Performance from Colorado State University, where she studied viola with Margaret Miller, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied violin with the late Eudice Shapiro. She received fellowships with the Fountainbleau School of Fine Arts, in France; the Banff School of Fine Arts, in Canada; the Music Academy of the West, in Santa Barbara; and most recently, with the Nebraska Chamber Institute and Orvieto Musica in Italy.
Since 2009, Cynthia has been a member of the Fort Collins Symphony and a substitute with the Cheyenne Symphony. Prior to moving to Colorado three years ago, Cynthia was a native of San Diego, where she was a member of the San Diego Chamber Orchestra (now known as San Diego Orchestra Nova), the L’Orquesta de Baja California, based in Tijuana, Mexico, and also performed as a substitute with the San Diego Symphony. Cynthia was an adjunct professor of Violin, Viola, and Strings Technique classes at San Diego Christian College, and was the founding teacher of an afterschool music program at Trinity School, in Spring Valley, California.
From the mid-1990s onward, Cynthia both founded and performed with the Camelot Strings, a group of outstanding chamber musicians, playing professionally in many weddings, corporate events, concerts, and educational outreach functions throughout the surrounding San Diego and Los Angeles areas.
For the past two summers, Cynthia has taken part in Streetmosphere, in downtown Fort Collins, where she has enjoyed interacting with the public while playing her solo viola. As an active member of the Colorado Music Teacher’s Association, she currently maintains a busy schedule of teaching violin, viola, and piano in her own private studio, as well as after school at TR Paul School, and as a referred teacher at Boomers Music Company, also in Fort Collins.
Cynthia also enjoys using various musical methods (through teaching, performing, and presentations) to foster a more interesting and fulfilling quality of life in those with special needs and disabilities, as well as those within the retirement community.
Cynthia currently resides in Fort Collins with her husband and daughter, who is currently a student at CSU, and her three cats. In her spare time, she greatly enjoys the wonderful Colorado outdoors.