Title: Associate Professor of Music
Department: Music and Music Education
Office Location: Music Building 204
B.M. from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
M.M. from Kent State University
D.M.A. from University of Wisconsin Madison
Areas of expertise: clarinet, saxophone, music history, world music
Cynthia Krenzel regularly appears throughout the U.S. and abroad as a soloist, recitalist and clinician. Recent international appearances include: performances at the European Clarinet Festival in Belgium; solo performances in Merida, Mexico, with the Cuidad Orquesta de Cámara; serving as clarinet faculty for Jonathan Cohler’s International Woodwind Festivals; and master classes at the National Conservatory of Music in Romania. Krenzel has performed recitals and master classes throughout the Midwest, and she regularly judges high school competitions in Iowa. A dedicated pedagogue, Cynthia helped found the annual event Iowa Clarinet Day to further the education of clarinetists statewide. She is active in the International Clarinet Association as the state chair for Iowa.
Krenzel has commissioned a number of works for clarinet and saxophone, and in 2010 she was awarded an Iowa Arts Council grant to fund the commission of a sonata for clarinet and piano by Nikola Resanovic. She regularly performs at conferences to support these and other modern works, including Society of Composers Inc. (SCI), Iowa Composer’s Forum and Electronic Music Midwest. Krenzel is associate professor of music at Central College. She earned her doctoral and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin, and her master’s degree from Kent State University. Her primary teachers include Håkan Rosengren, Linda Bartley and Andrea Splittberger-Rosen. Krenzel is a Selmer performing artist.