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.)