Lyric mezzo-soprano, Cynthia L. Smith recently completed a Doctorate in vocal performance with a secondary focus in music history and musicology from Ball State University. A native of Tennessee in the United States, she holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in voice from Western Carolina University and Tennessee Technological University, respectively. In addition to her university coursework, Cynthia studied in voice, Viennese music history, and German in Vienna, Austria in the summer of 2011.
Cynthia is a performer and researcher of music related to the Holocaust. As part of her research, she was awarded with a Fulbright US Student Award for the 2013-14 academic year, where she studied the Theresienstadt compositions of Viktor Ullmann in Basel, Switzerland. Cynthia has presented lectures on Ullmann’s compositions at Ball State University; the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland; and the University of Basel, also in Switzerland.
As an active recitalist, Cynthia has performed in the United States, Austria, and Switzerland. She has appeared in opera productions as Dido in Dido and Æneas, The Third Knitter in Barab’s A Game of Chance, and Donna Ribalda in P.D.Q Bach’s The Stoned Guest at Ball State University. She portrayed Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto, and performed in productions of L’Elisir d’Amore, The Merry Widow, and Roméo et Juliette with Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, North Carolina, US.
At KMMC, Cynthia teaches Western classical voice and lectures in the Foundation, Certificate in Vocal Performance, and Diploma programmes.