Cynthia Isenhower

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Instrument: flute
Joined In: 2015

I have been fortunate enough to play with the KSO since 2015. The number one reason I love this group would be the people. These are the kindest, most welcoming group of talented musicians I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. The number two reason would be the music. Linc Smelser selects a wonderful mix of classical standards and newer compositions. He never holds back from challenging this group who always rise to the occasion. I have already checked two “bucket list pieces” off my list – Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe.

In the summers, I’m a member of the DeKalb Municipal Band and have enjoyed playing with that group for 26 years. I have also performed with the Illinois Valley Symphony, The Quad City Symphony, Heartland Philharmonic, Troy (MI) Symphony, The Northwoods Orchestra and the Traverse City Symphony.

My home is in Ottawa, with my husband of 26 years, our youngest daughter Haley and two cats. I have a small studio of private flute and piano students who I enjoy very much. In addition to teaching, I am often asked to judge solo and ensemble festivals, District and All State auditions. I also arrange flute choir music and have several published works. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, sewing and watching movies.

I’m a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Flute and a Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration. Following graduation, I joined the USAF and performed with the Air Force Band of Flight.

I’m a strong advocate for organ donation and registration. After being diagnosed with Cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) in 2020, I was blessed to have a stranger step forward and donate 70% of their liver to save my life. Our surgery was May of 2021 and we’ve both been doing great ever since. I participate in the Northwestern Medicine transplant support community which offers supportive services for those individuals going through the entire transplant process.