The Malone University College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences – Department of Music will present a Symphonic Band concert Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts. The program – under the direction of Cynthia Bridges, Ph.D. - is free and open to the public.
Bridges serves as associate professor of music and coordinator of instrumental studies at Malone University. She conducts the Marching and Symphonic bands, teaches music education methods courses, instrumental conducting, supervises student teachers, and serves as advisor for the Malone chapter of the Ohio Collegiate Music Educators Association. Prior to teaching at Malone, she served as director of bands at Christian Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii. She also served as graduate assistant with the University of Hawaii Bands from 1997-2002, where she earned a Ph.D. in 2005 and a master of arts in 1999. Bridges has conducted festival bands in Hawaii and Ohio, adjudicated concert, jazz and marching festivals, and served as a clinician at the 2003 Hawaii Music Educators Association conference. In addition to her experience in Hawaii, she taught seven years in the Texas public schools. She served four years as the director of bands for the Marion Independent School District in Marion, Texas. Her bands in Marion received UIL Sweepstakes awards, numerous first division ratings for concert performance and best in class awards at the prestigious Westlake Marching Festival for three consecutive years. Her music activities beyond Malone include serving as president-elect for District VIII of the Ohio Music Education Association. She enjoys spending time with her husband, John, serving her profession, playing the French Horn in various ensembles, singing in the choir at church, gardening, and playing golf.