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Whidbey Island Orchestra
The Whidbey Island Orchestra was formed in 2007 to provide quality musical experiences
for young and adult musicians of Whidbey Island and for our community.
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Community Orchestra
Conductor - Cynthia Morrow

Cynthia Morrow is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music, holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University, LA, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College, LA. She studied violin with Gabriel Nevola, Samuel Applebaum, Robert Brink, and Cecylia Arzewski, and was a member of Joseph Silverstein’s Master Class. She studied chamber music under Rudolph Kolisch, and conducting and composition with Gunther Schuller. She was a member of the Portland Symphony in Maine under Paul Vermel, played principal viola in Los Angeles with Downey Symphony, LA Jewish Symphony, California Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in the Glen, and was a member of Glendale Symphony, American Ballet Theater Orchestra, and LA Civic Light Opera. Morrow has been a member of The New Ysaye Quartet, Tsunami Quartet, Luminarias Duo, and Gaia Viola Quartet. She has performed in Las Vegas and in the Hollywood studios as a violinist, violist, vocalist, and has been a composer, award-winning singer/songwriter and lyricist for more than thirty years before moving to Kirkland, WA. In 1979 she conducted the World Song Festival in Seoul, Korea, where the song she co-wrote with Lennie Stack won top honors. She conducted string orchestras at Kirkland Community School, conducted and coached for Bellevue Youth Orchestra and Cascade Youth Symphony, and opened her own teaching studio, Violin & Viola Studio of Kirkland, turning out hundreds of string players, her students winning First and Second Place in State on viola year after year, and filling concertmaster and principal chairs on both instruments in their schools and youth orchestras.

Cynthia Morrow and her husband Gary Hattal moved to Whidbey Island permanently in 2014. She now teaches, performs with pianist Sheila Weidendorf in “Deux Femmes Musique”, is a member of Island Consort, has played with and been on the board of Saratoga Orchestra, and has been concertmaster and assistant conductor of Whidbey Island Community Orchestra.

Board of Directors
President Arne Bergstrom
Vice President/Treasurer Clyde Wilson
Secretary Bobbie Mayer
Public Relations Christy Newman
Boardmember Allyss Taylor
Boardmember Steve Tarr
Boardmember Jane Green Hayes
Boardmember Paula Scharwat