Cynthia Fleming

Oboe, Piano, Saxophone, Woodwinds

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Cynthia Fleming has performed with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra to the New Music group Relache, displaying facility and sensitivity with the world's great music, whether virtuosic or lyrical.  While Oboe, English Horn and Piano are her main instruments, she is comfortable performing and teaching to beginner through intermediate students on Flute, Clarinet, Sax and Recorder.  

Cynthia studied with most of the legends of the oboe, including John de Lancie, Principal Oboist/Philadelphia Orchestra; former Director of Curtis Institute; Louis Rosenblatt, English Horn/Philadelphia Orchestra; John Ferillo, Co-Principal Oboist/Metropolitan Opera; Principal Oboist/Boston Symphony; John Mack, Principal Oboist with the Cleveland Symphony; Richard Woodhams, Principal Oboist with Philadelphia Orchestra; Mark Lifschey, Principal Oboist with San Francisco Symphony; William Criss, Principal Oboist with Metropolitan Opera.

Her extensive performance career includes playing  with the Israel Sinfonietta, Relache Contemporary Ensemble, Network for New Music, Pennsylvania Pro Musica, Philly Pops Orchestra, Chamber Arts Guild, Concerto Soloists, Philadelphia Orchestral Society, Princeton Chamber Players, Pennsylvania Girl Choir (soloist at Kimmel Center), Bethlehem Bach Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival

On piano, she enjoyed her studies with Susan Starr, Dorothea Persichetti and Antonio Barrone.

Teaching has always been a large component of Cynthia's music career, and a number of her students have gone onto careers in music. 

EDUCATION Studied at: San Francisco Conservatory of Music, USC School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Cynthia understands both the challenges of the beginner and the subtle needs of the advanced player.  She is attuned to the moment and the individual student, gently guiding them towards a richer enjoyment of the music. Whether their goal is an upcoming audition, school recital or very first sounds, she approaches them with support, humor and insight. 

She created and ran her own acclaimed teaching studio for many years, about which the Chestnut Hill Local wrote:

  “Infinite patience, a passion for her students and their subjects, the ability to make the most complex material seem completely intelligible, a great sense of humor, compassion, lavish praise when it is deserved, firm but fair criticism when a student’s effort is deficient, refusal to give up on any student:  Based on interviews with current students, former students, parents and musical peers, this litany of attributes constitutes a perfect description of Cynthia Fleming.”  

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