New PARMA Artist: Cynthia Folio

We’re pleased to welcome composer Cynthia Folio to the PARMA family!

Cynthia’s “At The Edge of Great Quiet” for SSAA Choir and Piano, which we will record in November, was commissioned by Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc. and the Delta Me Chapter of SAI, Temple University College of Music. It is a setting of four poems from the collection, “poetryALASKAwomen: Top of the World”

As a theorist, Cynthia Folio has published music theory articles, reviews, and chapters in books, on topics that focus primarily on the analysis of jazz, the analysis of contemporary music, and the relationship between analysis and performance. As a flutist, she performs regularly as a soloist and in several groups in the Philadelphia area, including Latin Fiesta, David’s Harp, the Silver and Wood Trio, the Philadelphia Classical Symphony and the Temple contemporary music ensemble, Glaux (with Jeffrey Solow, Charles Abramovic, and others).

Cynthia has studied theory and composition with Joseph Schwantner, Robert Morris, and Larry Nelson and flute with Bonita Boyd and Emily Swartley Newbold. Her undergraduate school, West Chester University, granted her a Distinguished Alumni Award (1989). Other awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, composer residency at the Yaddo Artist Colony and at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, nineteen consecutive ASCAP Standard Awards, winner in the 1994 and 1999 New Music Delaware Competitions, two winning entries in the National Flute Association Newly Published Music Competition (in 1994 and 2012), and grants from Meet the Composer and the American Music Center.

See below for some of Folio’s past work for strings, and keep an eye out for the upcoming choral compilation!

By Brandon MacNeil, Senior A&R Representative 

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