Cynthia Johnston Turner will be in Costa Rica May 17-June 4 laying the groundwork for the CU Winds/Costa Rica Project III planned for January 2010, guest conducting the National Band of San Jose, the University of Costa Rica Wind Ensemble, and the Instituto Nacional de Musica Wind Ensemble, as well as giving a week-long series of masterclasses in conducting and teaching to professional orchestra and wind band conductors. Visits are planned in San Isidro and Poas where the Wind Ensemble visited and donated instruments in 2008, as well as a visit to Limon where there is a SINEM school. (SINEM is the new national system of music education in Costa Rica, modeled after El Sistema in Venezuela.)
The CU Wind Symphony and associated student organization CU Winds unite student musicians dedicated to the study and performance of emerging and traditional wind repertoire. We explore music making as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and in doing so support Cornell's core values of public engagement and global awareness.
James Spinazzola, conductor
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Ithaca, New York 14853