Cindy Behmer, D.M.A.
Dr. Cindy Behmer is a prominent freelance oboist and educator based in Sacramento, California. Since relocating to Sacramento in 2013, Dr. Behmer has performed with Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera, Stockton Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, the Fresno Grand Opera, Fresno Philharmonic, Townsend and Stockton Operas, the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra, Merced Symphony, Schola Cantorum, Camerata Capistrano, and the Zion Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Behmer teaches private oboe lessons, serving the greater Sacramento, California area (including Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Galt, Lodi, and Stockton). She is also an oboe instructor with the Bocal Majority and Operation Oboe NorCal camp held at CSU, Sacramento.
In addition to freelancing, Dr. Behmer serves as Choir Director Band Instructor at St. Peter's Lutheran Church and School in Elk Grove.
Dr. Behmer served as oboist and English hornist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for several years while completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2011) at the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Dr. Neil Tatman. She held positions with the Tucson Chamber Artists Orchestra, the Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, St. Andrew’s Bach Society and concertized on several different chamber music series including St. Philip’s Friends of Music. Dr. Behmer continues to concertize with her Tucson-based reed trio, Zephyrus Reed Trio and double-reed duo, Kontra-Cor Duo. Dr. Behmer has also pursued additional study with Thomas Stacy, Carolyn Hove, Dr. Lindabeth Binkley, and Paula Engerer.
Dr. Behmer’s international music highlights include an invitation from the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra to join as principal oboist for an exciting ten-day tour of China in 2009. The tour included 6 concerts given in 5 cities (including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Dalian) in top-rated venues. In 2011, Dr. Behmer gave a lecture-recital at the College Music Society International Conference held in Seoul, South Korea. The lecture recital, titled Exploring the Sounds of Doubling Double Reeds: Demonstrating New Music for English horn and Contrabassoon, featured compositions that were commissioned by her duo, Kontra-Cor Duo. The Kontra-Cor Duo is a doubling double-reed duo that specializes in commissioning works for doubling double-reed artists. Both musical engagements were rich in cultural experiences.
Dr. Behmer taught Music in General Education and Applied Oboe courses at the University of Arizona between 2006-2010, including Music in World Cultures and History of American Rock and Pop. Dr. Behmer also served as a sabatic fill-in and taught Applied Oboe and Woodwind Techniques courses to undergraduate oboists. Cindy joined the Tucson-based Summer Thunder Chinese Music Ensemble as percussionist to complement her non-Western musical interests.
Dr. Behmer maintains a large Private Oboe Studio ranging in levels from beginner, through the young-advanced, to adult-amateur. Her students have held recurring positions with Regional and All-State honor bands and orchestra, have served as members of the Sacramento Youth Symphony, Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra, and have gone on to study oboe at Curtis and other 4-year universities.
In addition to working as a freelance musician and educator, Dr. Behmer is a proud mother of two.
"I teach private lessons from my home which is located in Wilton, California (approx 25 minutes south of Sacramento) and easily accessible from Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Roseville, Galt, Lodi, and Stockton. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you!"