Meet Cindy

experienced French Horn Teacher & coach

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Cindy L. Deane is a professional hornist in Southern California with over 25 years of performing, teaching and coaching experience. Her primary instrument is French Horn, but she is also a lyrical soprano.

Some of her first horn students have become successful professional musicians and music teachers, and have attended schools such as Eastman, UCLA, USC and a Horn Scholarship student at Cal Lutheran University. Many students play in their All-State Bands in California and Washington state, perform at Superior and Command Performance rating levels for their local Solo/Ensemble festivals and are members of their local Youth Symphonies, such as San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, Seattle Youth Symphony, and were members of their All-State Bands. Teaching has included kids in 4th grade all the way up to adults. Adult students starting after a 20 year or more hiatus have come to perform with local community groups. She also teaches other beginning brass instruments, and coaches brass sections.

Cindy has a Master’s of Music degree in Horn Performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Lowell Greer and a Bachelor of Music cum laude, in Horn Performance from the University of the Pacific, Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Dr. George Nemeth and Dr. Jim Winters. She has also studied with Dave Krehbiel, Sue Carroll, Scott Wilson, Mark Robbins, Brian O’Conner, Jim Atkinson, Francis Orval and Andrew Bain. She has recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and Lucas Studios in San Rafael, CA.

Solo & Ensemble Coach

Southern California Horn Coach

Cindy Deane is a horn coach to many of the local area schools and youth orchestras.  Local positions include; Arcadia High, Burbank High School, the Verdugo Young Musicians Association as well as Luther Middle School, Jordan Middle School/

College & Community Music School Faculty

She was adjunct faculty for Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, and Horn Instructor at the Gene Nastri School in Mukilteo, WA and Horn coach at other local middle schools and high schools. In the Bay Area she was adjunct faculty for Dominican College in San Rafael, and a brass instructor for a local community music school in Mill Valley, CA.


Cindy is also a vocalist, a lyrical soprano in her own right with a very wide vocal range, having sung in musicals, choir and jazz choir, jazz standards in duos and combos. In high school her jazz choir participated in festivals that were adjudicated by Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin. She has studied classical vocal music up through the collegiate level, but began studying voice privately and singing in musicals as early as the age of 8. At age 11 she sang in the school district’s solo and ensemble festival as a soloist receiving Superior and Command Performance ratings, as well as in high school when her first year she sang Mozart’s, Alleluia, receiving a Command Performance rating. She was regularly performing at a young age by auditioning for many productions with Los Altos Children’s Theater and San Jose Children’s Musical Theater. She continues to sing with some of her chamber groups such as Vox Brass, where she plays horn and sings, as well as with a pianist where she collaborates on music singing and playing horn with show tunes, jazz standards, and classical and opera repertoire.

Orchestra performances

Notable Performances

Locally she has performed with The JT Big Band, Pacific Symphony, Santa Barbara Choral Orchestra, Rio Hondo Symphony, Topanga Symphony, and Principal Horn with New Valley Symphony and Pasadena Community Orchestra, various rehearsal Big Bands and jazz bands, musicals, operas and chamber music. She performs with both Woodwind and Brass Ensembles for the Non-Profit group, Inspiring Notes, which put on educational classical music shows and demonstrations for Elementary Schools in the San Fernando Valley. 


Orchestra Performances

In Seattle, she performed with the following orchestras such as, Tacoma Symphony and Opera, Bellevue Philharmonic, Federal Way Symphony, Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra, Cascade Symphony, Seattle Philharmonic, Choir of the Sound Orchestra and more. She participated in giving brass demonstrations for Seattle Symphony’s Symphony on Wheels in the schools, and performed for Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots shows. Cindy also performed a wide array of chamber music in Seattle with Ladies Musical Club, a member by audition. She was a performer and founding member of the Convergence Chamber Players in the Pacific Northwest as well. They performed regular chamber series with a variety of ensembles in various church venues in and around the Seattle and Puget Sound area. In the Bay Area she was a member of The Chamber League, chamber music group that performed an eclectic array of chamber music for large and small ensembles, with much modern music, performing at venues such as Yerba Buena Gardens.

She performed with many regional orchestras in the SF Bay Area, such as, Sacramento Philharmonic, California Philharmonic, Fremont Philharmonic, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Vallejo Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, Monterey County Symphony, Masterworks Chorale Orchestra, SF Choral Society Orchestra, SF Sinfonietta, Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra, Mendocino Music Festival, Lamplighter’s Gilbert and Sullivan Orchestra, and more show and opera orchestras. She has also been heard in various other settings out of the norm of classical music including Latin/Salsa bands, jazz band/Big Bands, various jazz ensembles and pop/rock music groups, including on tracks for The Billy Nayer Show’s album, Return to Brigadoon.

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