Cynthia Mueller received her B.M. in Music Education from Ohio University, where her
principal instrument was double-bass and her minors were viola and composition. She
also has an M.M. in Strings Pedagogy from The University of Michigan, where her principal
instrument was, again, double-bass and she minored in cello. Her principal teachers
were Clyde Thompson and Larry Hurst (bass), Leighton Conkling (cello) and Howard Beebe
(viola). She is retired from the San Antonio (TX) I.S.D., where she taught middle
school and high school orchestra, and helped develop the orchestra curriculum for
the district. She was formerly on the faculty of The University of Virginia's College
In addition her teaching work, she has been performing, mainly on double-bass and
viola, for over 40 years. She is principal bass in the Johnson City Symphony, and
sometimes performs with Symphony of the Mountains. She has also performed in the San
Antonio Symphony, The Texas Bach Choir, Victoria Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony,
and many other groups.
Her goals for her students are for them to become well-rounded musicians, and to excel
in all aspects of music performance and teaching.