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Cindy Price Svehla

Principal Clarinetist with Northland Symphony of Kansas City

Cindy Price Svehla is in her twenty-eighth year of teaching and twenty fifth year with the Liberty Public School District, Liberty, Missouri. She is the director of the sixth and seventh grade bands as well as the South Valley Middle School Jazz Band. During her tenure with Liberty Public Schools, Ms. Svehla has twice received the district’s “Honoring Excellence Award” and has been nominated several times for “Who’s Who Among American Teachers”. Middle school and junior high bands under her direction have received many honors and awards. The Liberty ninth grade band under her direction performed for the Missouri Bandmasters’ Association Conference in 1990. In 2009, Liberty High School Symphonic Band featured seven of Svehla’s former clarinet students performing (with cuts) the Weber Second Concerto-mvt. III “Polocca”. Cindy also taught in Chillicothe and Knox County High School-Edina, MO. Ms. Svehla maintains a successful clarinet studio in the Kansas City region. Her students have earned Missouri All-State Band recognition numerous times over the past 25 years. In several of those years her clarinet students held the position of principal chair and first section status. Several of Ms. Svehla’s students have won Young Artist Awards and performed major clarinet works with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra and the Northland Symphony Orchestra. In addition, many of her students have been principal clarinetist/section players in the Kansas City Youth Symphony organization and the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Kansas City. Finally, students of Cindy’s have had the distinct opportunities to perform for and/or participate in master classes with renowned clarinetists. Ms. Svehla is an active soloist, chamber musician, and freelance musician in the region, and has performed with numerous ensembles. Ensembles of note include: Kansas City Symphony Winds, Liberty Symphony Orchestra, St. Joseph Symphony, Kansas City Civic Orchestra, and Symphony on the Prairie. She has appeared as a soloist at the National College Band Directors Convention in Austin, Texas, and at five state music conventions in Missouri and Iowa. Cindy performs regularly with the Harmonie Winds—Kansas City’s Classic Wind Octet with whom she has recorded a C.D., and is currently in her 25th season as principal clarinetist with the Northland Symphony Orchestra of Kansas City. In addition to teaching and performing, Cindy’s articles have appeared in Missouri School Music Magazine and the Missouri Bandmasters Association Band Directors Guide. Svehla has given numerous clinics at Midwestern high schools and presentations at MBA, IBA, MMEA, University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and area colleges/universities. She continues to serve as President of the Cameron Municipal Band of which she has been a member for over 35 years. Her mother and late father have been running the organization since 1963. In addition, Cindy is a Buffet Crampon artist/clinician.Ms. Svehla has served as president, vice –president, secretary, and treasurer of the Midwest Clarinet Society. Her professional affiliations include International Clarinet Society, Missouri Bandmasters Association, Missouri Music Educators Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Educators Association, Sigma Alpha Iota Women’s Fraternity of Music, American Federation of Musicians, and Phi Beta Mu honorary band fraternity.Ms. Svehla holds a B.S. in Music Ed. with performance emphasis from Missouri Western State University (MWSC) and an M.A. with performance emphasis from Truman State University (NEMO). She is a proud student and protégé of her father, Thomas J. Price (MMEA and MBA Hall of Fame), and has studied clarinet with Dr. Richard Weerts, Richard Yeager, and Mary Lightfoot (MMEA and MBA Hall of Fame). Cindy’s husband, Tom, teaches business at Oak Park High School in Kansas City—and is a three-sport college official.

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