Cynthia Stark, tuba, received both a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Tuba Performance from DePaul University, in Chicago, where she studied with Floyd Cooley. She has performed with many orchestras around the country including the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, the Pueblo Symphony, the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, the Racine and Kenosha Symphony Orchestras in Wisconsin, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Locally, Cyndi has enjoyed performing with Concertante di Chicago, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the New Philharmonic Orchestra, the Nomadic Brass Quintet, and the Birch Creek Brass Quintet. Cyndi’s versatile playing career has also enabled her the pleasure of performing with Redmoon Theater Company, Moosehead Project Theater Company as well as numerous performances with the former Chicago-based dixieland band 6-Pack of Dixie. She also performs regularly with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and is called frequently to do a wide variety of recording projects on tuba.
Cyndi has served as tubist for the Second City Brass Quintet since 2007. Second City Brass Quintet had the privilege of recording with the Chicago indie-rock band My Canadian Girlfriend on their 2012 album entitled Shogun. Cyndi is also the featured tubist on the Three Cent Stomp swing album entitled Jimmy Primo Livin’ at Large (1998) and the Birch Creek Music Festival Faculty Brass Quintet album entitled Barnstorming (2002).
As a highly sought-after clinician and music teacher since 1994, Cyndi visits many high schools and colleges in the Chicagoland area and abroad where she conducts bands, coaches brass quintets and gives brass masterclasses. She maintains a private music studio out of her home but does most of her teaching at Elmhurst College where she has been the applied tuba and euphonium instructor since 2007.