Cynthia I. Gonzales, Ph.D., is that odd combination of a music theorist who is also a professional soprano, and of a college professor who has almost a decade of experience teaching K-12 general and choral music. Before arriving at Texas State in 2004, she was an assistant professor at the University of Texas-Austin and an instructor at Presbyterian College in South Carolina.
Dr. Gonzales has earned three degrees in Music Theory: the Ph.D and A.M. from Harvard University and the M.M. from the University of North Texas. Her scholarly interests include Arnold Schoenberg’s tonal and transitional compositions, text-music relationships, and 19th-century chromaticism. She has also presented at several conferences on the use of technology and popular music to teach aural skills.
A professional singer for over 20 years, in the 1980s Dr. Gonzales was a soloist, the soprano section leader, and the company manager for four seasons with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. Since 1996, she has been a soloist and soprano section leader for Conspirare, the award-winning Texas-based professional choral ensemble. Highlights from these eleven seasons include Conspirare’s 2003 ACDA performances in New York City at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Riverside Church; as well as two acclaimed recordings for the Clarion label. As a recitalist, Dr. Gonzales performs German Lieder, songs with Spanish texts, and contemporary repertoire.
Dr. Gonzales earned her undergraduate degree from North Texas State University in Choral-Vocal Music Education. She has twice been an author for choral textbooks published by Hal Leonard and Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, including the edition now being used in Texas.