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Cynthia Gray is a composer and retired music educator. After a thirty-year career in the public schools, she continues to draw on the rich experiences from those happy years in the music classroom, having taught high school, junior high and elementary music in both rural and urban settings. Her career in composition grew from the need for appropriate choral music for her own students. Her first compositions, “The Clouds” and “Reach Out” were met with immediate success, finding their way onto choral contest lists and inclusion in the nationally televised MENC “World’s Largest Concert”. Since that time, Mrs. Gray has written and published over 70 choral compositions, which have been sung and enjoyed by choirs across the country.
Mrs. Gray has served as guest conductor and clinician at numerous choral festivals, music conferences and workshops and has been honored to write commissioned works for many school choirs, children's choirs and honor choirs. She has proudly served as the artistic director of the Cincinnati Youth Choir Satellite Choir program, where she conducted and coordinated multiple Satellite Choirs. When not composing or working with young singers, Mrs. Gray enjoys directing two adult choruses in her community as well as conducting and accompanying for area church choirs.
Professional affiliations include four years on the executive board of the Ohio Choral Directors Association and membership in the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association for Music Education and the Ohio Music Education Association.