Cynthia Robinson and Lisa Smith are taking the FVS Instrumental Program to new heights. Robinson dedicates her time to the strings while Smith works with the wind and small ensembles. Both participate annually in the formal fall and spring concerts, and Winter Celebration, but they also play at other events throughout the year. The concert band also plays at pep rallies and athletic events.
The focus of this course is the enjoyment of chamber music for stringed instruments, specifically violin, viola, cello and bass ensemble music, with an emphasis on intonation, bowing techniques and ensemble playing. Improving the skill level for the individual player as well as the group is emphasized. The FVS Chamber Strings is open to all students with a minimum of one year of study or by audition. Students who own their instruments are asked to provide them for this class; the School may provide some instruments, or students may rent from local music stores. Public performance is required. Prerequisite: Two-year minimum playing experience in a school orchestra or one year of private lesson.
Students in Guitar Ensemble will have an ensemble experience that is equivalent to performing in band or choir. Guitar Ensembles class encourages any student interested in improving his/her musical abilities to get involved. Guitar Ensemble does not require any past experience with guitar or music. Musicians of all levels are welcome and will be challenged individually and as a performing ensemble.
Music Theory I examines the various elements of music, to include melody, harmony, rhythm, texture, form, and the ways in which these individual elements combine and interact to create a piece of music. This course is an introductory course in the fundamentals of music.
Small Ensembles explore music through the study and performance of challenging appropriate ensemble literature. Members of the ensemble participate in jazz combos, pit orchestra, and other combinations of smaller ensembles
Cynthia came to FVS in 2003 as the instrumental music instructor, teaching the Chamber Strings group and Wind Ensemble. She also teaches violin and viola at Pikes Peak Community College, as well as violin and piano private lessons. She has been a first violinist in the Colorado Springs Symphony/Philharmonic since 1980. Cynthia performs many times each week as a soloist, as well as in duos, trios or quartets with other musicians along the front range, and was acting concertmaster for the Chamber Orchestra of Colorado Springs for five of their recent concert sets.
Cynthia performed as a solo violinist at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in 17 of their musical productions and is the band leader of the Broadmoor Waltz Club combo.
She has produced and completed four CDs which are currently available on CDbaby.com under artist name Cynthia Lynn. The most recent CD is music of J.S. Bach, with the late Conductor Emeritus of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Lawrence Leighton Smith, on piano. Two of her CDs are also playing on Pandora.com by artist Cynthia Lynn.
Lisa Smith P '18 was an honor graduate in orchestral performance from Arizona State University. She also pursued post-graduate certification studies in music education at the University of Denver. Lisa has performed with The Phoenix Symphony, The New World Symphony, The Colorado Symphony, The Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Chamber Orchestra, and she is a member of the Monument Hill Brass Quintet. She has been teaching locally for more than a decade in Falcon District 49, Lewis Palmer District 38 and Cheyenne Mt. District 12. She has been instrumental in the development of the instrumental music program at Fountain Valley, creating an FVS Pep Band, music theory course, and Guitar Ensemble, as well as growing the Fountain Valley Wind Ensemble.