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Cynthia Folio’s compositions have been described as “confident and musical in expressing ideas of great substance” and “imaginatively scored.” She has received commissions from such organizations as Network for New Music, the e Relâche Ensemble, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Music Teachers National Association, and the National Flute Association, and she earned 17 consecutive ASCAP Awards for composition. Her recent CD: Chamber Music for Flute (Centaur, CRC 2777) features eight of her works. Other CD's of her compositions include a recording of When the Spirit Catches You É by the e Relâche Ensemble, called Press Play (Meyer Media, LLC, 2006); two recordings of Arca Sacra by Nina Assimakopulos, Points of Entry (Capstone CPS-8759) and by Stephanie Rea, Solo French and American Flute Works (Centaur CRC 2759); and two recordings of Developing Hues by the Silverwind grant from the University of Wisconsin Ð Stevens Point, March 12, 2011; (2) Elegy for flute choir at Flutefest! in Wilmington DE, by the PA Flute Choir, June 19, 2010; (3) “Iconic Inversions” one of 25 variations on the Diabelli Waltz theme, written by 25 composers who had been commissioned by Network for New Music (to celebrate their 25th anniversary), May 2, 2010; (4) Voyage, I, Too, Can Sing a Dream, for 3 choirs and 4 percussionists, commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Gay Men's Chorus, and Anna Crusis Women's Choir, May 1, 2009; and (4) Z3 by ZAWA! (Claudia Anderson and Jill Felber, flutes), commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association, November 9, 2008. In addition, The National Flute Association featured an entire concert of her flute music at the Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC in August 2011; included in the concert was the world premiere of a piece for piccolo and piano.

As a music theorist, Cynthia has many articles, reviews, and chapters in books that focus primarily on the analysis of jazz, the analysis of contemporary music, and the relationship between analysis and performance. These include a chapter on Billie Holiday (co-authored with Robert W. Weisberg) in New Musicology (Poznan Press), and a chapter on Berio's Sequenza for flute (co-authored with Aleck Brinkman) in Berio's Sequenzas (Ashgate Academic Publishers). She is an expert on the music of Joseph Schwantner, and wrote an article for the next issue of The Flutist Quarterly on Schwantner's flute music.

Cynthia is Associate Professor of theory and composition at Temple University, where she was honored with a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994. She received a Ph.D. in music theory and Performers Certificate in flute from the Eastman School of Music. Her teachers include Joseph Schwantner (composition) Robert Morris (dissertation advisor) and Bonita Boyd (flute). She plays flute in several ensembles in the Philadelphia area, including The Philadelphia Classical Symphony, David's Harp, Glaux (a contemporary music ensemble at Temple University), and Latin Fiesta.