Cynthia Folio is Associate Professor at Temple University
(since 1990), where she was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1996 and the Creative Achievement Award in 2012. She teaches theory and composition
courses at all levels: from Theory I
to a Doctoral Seminar in Analysis and Performance and advises many monographs for the DMA
degree in performance. Before her Temple days, she taught
theory and flute at Texas Christian University (1980–1990) and played piccolo
and flute in the Fort Worth Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Orchestras.
Born on Dec. 24, 1954 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Cynthia was an army brat
and did not stay in one place for very long. Her many travels include three
years in Germany, three years in Panama, and many spots in between. Her most
rigorous musical training as a child was in Panama (1964–7), where she studied
flute with Eduardo Charpentier (first flutist in the Panama Symphony at the time) and solfege
at the Panama Conservatory.
Cynthia earned an M.A. (1979) and Ph.D. (1985) in music theory and a Performer's
Certificate in flute (1977) from the Eastman School of Music. She studied theory
and composition with Joseph Schwantner, Robert Morris, and Larry Nelson and
flute with Bonita Boyd and Emily Swartley Newbold. Her undergraduate
school, West Chester University, granted her a Distinguished Alumni Award (1989).
Other awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, composer
residency at the Yaddo Artist Colony and at the Virginia Center for the Creative
Arts, nineteen consecutive ASCAP Standard Awards, winner in the 1994 and 1999
New Music Delaware Competitions, two winning entries in the National Flute Association
Newly Published Music Competition (in 1994 and 2012), and grants from Meet the Composer and the American Music Center. She has
received commissions from the Mendelssohn Club, Relâche, Network for New Music,
Hildegard Chamber Players, Astral Artistic Servieces, Anna Crusis Women's Choir, PA Music Teachers Association, Pi Kappa Lambda, SAI, and others. She has served as guest composer at the Indiana University of
Pennsylvania Festival of Women Composers, West Chester University Composer Symposium, the Kerry Walker/Julius Baker Masterclass, and the University of New Mexico Composer Symposium.
As a theorist, Cynthia has published music theory articles, reviews, and chapters in
books, on topics that focus primarily on the analysis of jazz, the analysis of contemporary music, and the relationship between analysis and performance. She served for three years on the editorial board of Music Theory
Spectrum and still serves on the board of ex
tempore. She was vice-president of the Music Theory Society
of the Mid-Atlantic (MTSMA) for two years and the Treasurer of the Society for Music Theory
for four years. She chaired the program committee for MTSMA for the 2011 conference. She was one of the leaders in the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory Summer Institute in 2008 on the topic, “Jazz Meets Pop” and attended the Decennial Anniversary Celebration of the Mannes Institute in 2011 on the topic, “A Decade of Thinking Together.”
As a flutist, she performs regularly as a soloist and in
several groups in the Philadelphia area,
including Latin Fiesta, David's Harp, the Silver and Wood Trio, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony, and the Temple
contemporary music ensemble, Glaux (with Jeffrey Solow, Charles
Abramovic, and others). In 1999, she was invited to Tübingen, Germany
to perform in CAMP
Arts and Music Pool), an international festival for free improvisation.