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Cynthia Wohlschlager


Contact Information:
Johnson Center 119A

Lecturer in Music, Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Recital Coordinator


Professional Studies Diploma, opera performance, The Cleveland Institute of Music
Master of Music, vocal performance, The University of Akron
Bachelor of Music, vocal performance, The University of Akron


  • Malone University, joined voice faculty 2002
  • The Cleveland Institute of Music, joined voice faculty 2006
  • Case Western Reserve University, joined voice faculty 2006
  • Sessione Senese per la Musica et l’Arte in Siena Italy – A four week music festival for voice and orchestra affiliated with The University of Siena, joined voice faculty 2012
  • Holy Trinity Lutheran Church - Children’s Choir Director 2009-2010
  • Outreach Academy, Constellation School District, 2006-2008 – Music Specialist – Taught music classes to students with severe/profound disabilities; ages 6-22.   

Teaching Assignments

  • Vocal Coordinator
  • Opera Workshop
  • Applied Voice
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Song Literature
  • Recital Coordinator
  • Vocal Pedagogy: Then and Now – a continuing education graduate workshop

Recent Scholarly Work

Performances have taken Cynthia to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. A native of this area, she has performed operas in area schools through Opera Cleveland on Tour and The Akron Concert Society.
She was a featured soloist at the Spoleto Music Festival in Italy for the Concert of the Midnight Hour and won an opportunity to sing “Qui la voce” from I Puritani in Graz, Austria under the conductor Edoardo Müller. 

Recital and concert venues include the French Society of Cleveland, the Tuesday Musical Club at the Akron Art Museum, the CIM Women’s Committee Recital Series, the Canton John MacDowell Club, Christmas concerts with the Ashtabula Area Orchestra, and the Jefferson Arts Council Concert Series, among others. She has appeared with the Duke Symphony Orchestra as Countess Almaviva in performances of Le Nozze di Figaro and as the mother in Hansel and Gretel

Cynthia recently performed and recorded the one woman surround sound concert story Rahab by Malone composer Jesse Ayers. She has also performed Dr. Ayers’s song cycle The Prayers of Anguish.

Ms. Wohlschlager is a recipient of the O.D. Taliferro Opera Scholarship and has won the Max Berman Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance, The Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Competition and The Dewey and Mary Gilley Memorial Award for Distinguished Opera Performance.   

Master class experiences include working with Mirella Freni, John Wustman, Elly Ameling, Warren Jones, Martin Katz, Peter Kazaras, David Bamberger, Janet Bookspan, Jonathon Eaton, Carlo Peri, Bodo Igez, and Nora Sands.

Cynthia’s students have taken Grand Prize of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra Jean L. Petitt Scholarship Competition, first place in the VOCI Scholarship Competition, have been named finalist in the Classical Singer Regional Competition, and have been named semi finalist in the Opera Columbus Irma Cooper Competition and the Orpheus Competition. Students have been accepted into such programs as NISHMI, NY Theatre Institute at Juilliard, Canton Comic Opera, Music Theatre Overtures with Victoria Bussert, and The CoOPERAtive Program at Westminster. Students have sung with Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Emerald City Opera, {Red} an Orchestra, Akron Symphony, Canton Symphony, Tuscarawas Symphony, and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Crossover students in rock and jazz have had successful CD and music video releases and have gone on international and college music tours. Musical theatre students have performed off-Broadway through the Ice Factory Festival and The Anywhere Festival in Australia, and with many regional venues including The Cleveland Playhouse, Dobama Theatre, North Canton Playhouse, and Cain Park. Students have been accepted to attend Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Florida State, San Francisco Conservatory, Yale, Carnegie Melon, Louisiana State, and Ithaca Conservatory of Music, among others.

Cynthia is a member of the music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda and The National Association of Teachers of Singing.