Cynthia Watson is principal oboe of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, rotating principal oboe with the IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tennessee and a member of the Solaris Quintet. She joined the faculty of the University of Akron in 2003. Ms. Watson has also served as principal oboe of the Albany Symphony, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra, and as a member the Canton Symphony. From 1991-1994 she was a regular member of the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. She has performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic and the Virginia Opera Orchestra. Ms. Watson received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She continued her studies with Ronald Roseman at Yale, where she earned a master's degree. Her playing has been described as "creating a lasting impression with exquisite singing tone" (Times Union, Albany, N.Y.), "an evening of superlative work" and "[a performance] with soulful brilliance" (Schenectady Gazette). She has recorded on Telarc with the Akron Symphony, on Albany Records with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and CBS Masterworks with Wynton Marsalis and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.
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