Sarasota Violin Academy

About Us


Cynthia Wiley Lessons are split into semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer. There is a minimum of 16 lessons a semester except for the Summer session which is 8.

Students will sign up for lessons per semester. Due to limited enrollment, if you decide to withdraw your child from private lessons during the Fall or Spring semester, after the second lesson of the semester you will be financially responsible for the total tuition for the current semester he/she is enrolled in.

Students may begin lessons at any time during the year. Please call to schedule a "get to know you" lesson. I believe a "get to know you" lesson is beneficial for the student, parent and me. It gives us all a chance to meet and get acquainted. Then I will follow-up with you and confirm your decision to go forward with lessons.

Only excused absences, such as sickness*, family emergency or other unavoidable emergencies, will be made up. Missed lessons due to conflicts in schedule that were not pre-excused, parties or "oops I forgot" will NOT be made up and you will be charged for the missed/cancelled lesson.

*If your child is unexpectedly sick on a scheduled lesson day, please call and leave a message.

Private Lessons
Violin and theory lessons are offered in increments of 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 1 hour. For serious and advanced students, two lessons a week are recommended.

Cynthia Studenwalt Wiley - Resume

Orchestra Experience
The Dallas Opera Orchestra
      Section First Violinist
      Substitute Violinist (section first and second)
2000 -

1996 - 2000
Texas Chamber Orchestra, formerly Chamber Symphony of the Metrocrest

1999 - 2002
1989 - 1999
Fort Worth Symphony
      Substitute Violinist
2001 - 2002
Abilene Symphony Orchestra
      Assistant Concertmaster/Principal
1999 - 2001
Sherman Symphony Orchestra
1995 - 1996
Meadows Symphony Orchestra of Southern Methodist University
1989 - 1993
Venice Symphony, Venice, Florida
      Section First/Soloist
1987 - 1989
Florida West Coast Youth Orchestra
      Assistant Concertmaster/Section
Teaching Experience
Private Teaching, ages 3-adult 1992 -
Austin College, Violin Professor 1995 - 1996
Lakehill Prepatory School, Grades 3-6 1994 - 1995
Master of Music, Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas
Bachelor of Music, Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, Texas
Booker Visual & Performing Arts High School, Sarasota, Florida
Emanuel Borok, Concertmaster, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Arkady Fomin, First Violinist, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dawn Stahler, Second Violinist, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Dorothy Stahler, Retired Violinist, Pittsburgh Symphony
Vladimir Kostecky, Retired Second Violinist, Smetna Quartet
Nathan Gottschalk, Associate Conductor, Chautauqua Institute of Music
Summer Festivals/Opera Festivals
Abilene Opera Orchestra
      Assistant Concertmaster
1999, 2001
Utah Opera Festival
      Section First
Taos Session, SMU Conservatory
      Chamber Music, Violinist
1990 - 1991
Southern Methodist University, Summer Conservatory
      First Violinist, Festival Orchestra
1989 - 1993
Chautauqua Institute of Music
      First Violinist, Festival Orchestra