Cynthia Arden joined the staff of RECC in July, 2009 as organist.
She began to study piano at age 2 and 1/2, violin and organ at age 10. her Aunt Elmo Timeus was her piano and organ teacher. Cynthia learned to play organ at the Lutheran Church where she grew up in Sidney, OH. She accompanied her Jr High and HS choirs as well as a Messiah performance.
Cynthia graduated 2nd in her HS class.
She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Butler University, magna cum laude in 1973 and Master of Music in violin performance in 1975, full scholarship. Cynthia studied violin with the famed Eddy Brown.
Cynthia taught public school music for 2 yrs as a string specialist in the Indianapolis area and Lincoln NE.
She transitioned to professional playing with the Lincoln, NE symphony as concertmaster for 3 yrs and with the Omaha Symphony as Principal Second Violin. She played Principal Second Violin with Houston Grand Opera and Associate Concertmaster of Symphony of the Americas while living in Ft Lauderdale, FL.
Cynthia presently serves as concertmaster of the Lake County Symphony Orchestra, conducted and directed by her husband, Ron Arden. They have 2 adult sons and 1 daughter-in-law.
Cynthia enjoys directing the choir (since 2016) and she maintains an active teaching studio and freelance work.