Cyndee Hawkins taught band and orchestra in grades 5-12 for 33 years prior to her retirement in 2015. For 28 of those years, she served in the Lafayette High School pyramid in Lexington, Kentucky, primarily as band director at Jessie Clark Middle School. Her previous teaching experience included positions in Virginia and Texas, and serving as an adjunct instructor of Instrumental Music Pedagogy at Transylvania University.
Cyndee is currently the Technical Editor for RWS Music Company and an Ambassador for Scholarshipauditions.com. She frequently serves as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and instructor/coach at middle schools and high schools. As a part of these activities, she pursues her career-long quest to cultivate young oboists and bassoonists.
In 2010, Mrs. Hawkins joined the staff of Music For All Summer Symposium, where she teaches in the Young Directors/Middle School Directors track. In 2016, she served as Chief Adjudicator at the Victoria School Music Festival for Young Bands in Melbourne, Australia.
A native of Spring Green, Wisconsin, Mrs. Hawkins holds a Bachelor of Music Education from James Madison University and the Master of Music (conducting) from Morehead State University. She did additional graduate study at Texas Tech University. Her primary teachers were James Sudduth and Dr. Richard Miles. Mrs.
Hawkins was named the 2000-2001 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Central Kentucky Music Educators Association. In 2007, she was honored as Kentucky’s Bandmaster of the Year.
Cyndee Hawkins lives in Lexington with her husband Ben. They have two grown sons, Jay and Turner. She enjoys reading, travel, and cheering on her beloved Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers, in which she is a proud shareholder.