Cynthia Shaw

Cynthia Shaw has had a wide-ranging career as  Soprano, Pianist and Musical Director in New York and the Northeast.  Particularly well known as Musical Director for the yearly Christmas Revels staged at Symphony Space in Manhattan since 1995, Ms. Shaw has also worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre (Band in Berlin), the Judith Anderson Theatre (Whattya Blind?, A Musical Revue), Musical Theatre Works Reading Series (Count to Ten), and as featured performer at Town Hall in an NPR production of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Cmpanion.  She has directed regional tours of Oliver, The Will Rogers Follies, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cabaret, Babes in Arms, Jerry’s Girls, South Pacific, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Kismet, Gypsy, She Loves Me, Godspell, The Wizard of Oz, Anything Goes, Annie, Kiss Me Kate, Me and My Girl, and A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Forum.  Ms. Shaw has also directed NYC cabaret performances of I Love to Sing and The Caffeine Cabaret.  In addition, she has directed and composed for Children’s Musical Theatre/Tours for the Interborough Repertory Theatre, The Gingerbread Players & Jack, Opera on the Go, and    a staged reading of her original musical Operation Isolation at the 14th Street Y.  Ms. Shaw has worked as Artist in Residence/Teaching Children at the Brooklyn Friends School, Inside Broadway, The Acting Studio & Theatre Off Park, The Hewitt School, Stagedoor Manhattan and Stagedoor Manor.  As a Pianist, Ms. Shaw has accompanied a full concert performance of Bizet’s Carmen at the Donnell Library Center in Manhattan and performed with soprano Beverly Hill in a benefit recital at House of the Redeemer Church in New York, sponsored by The Magic Circle Opera Repertory Ensemble.  She was a featured performer in L’Histoire de Babar, le petit elephant with narrator, Robert Sherman at the 1995 Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention and can be heard on a recording of Alice Parker’s Transformations (Musical Heritage Society).  Ms. Shaw is a frequent soprano soloist and has appeared with conductor/organist David Hurd, organist Geoffrey Clark-Smith, and conductor Dennis Spyros in performances of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Vivaldi Gloria, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, and works by Maurice Duruflé.  She also performs regularly each year with New York Choral Artists in concerts with the New York Philharmonic, the American Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, Concert Chorale of New York and Gregg Smith Singers.  Ms. Shaw has been involved with a number of recordings as soprano and pianist since 1992 and has performed on radio and television.  Her formal training was in piano performance and she holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Denver and a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music.

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