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Exploring Music Staff

Exploring Music Staff

Cydne Gillard

Cydne Gillard


Producer Cydne Gillard joined the Exploring Music team in early 2007. Throughout her life Cydne has worked within the classical music community and has worked in the production of classical music programs for public radio. She found her way to Exploring Music through years of working for CD Syndications on Indianapolis On The Air, Center Stage from Wolf Trap, Concerts from the Library of Congress and marketing Composers Datebook for American Public Media.

In the late 1980s, Cydne organized the California Summer Arts Chamber Music workshop at California State University and she has spent many summers volunteering at the Marlboro Music Festival. In addition to holding many different positions related to classical music, she is an amateur musician- "I am a well-trained bad bassoonist and avid recorder player," she says. Cydne has played the bassoon with the Morse Wind Ensemble at Yale University, the Windham Hill Chamber Orchestra, Vermont Bach Festival, Arkansas Music Festival, Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and the Livermore Symphony.

Since moving to Chicago in 1993, Cydne has taught music to children 5th through 12th grade. She has coached music ensembles and beginning band at the Chicago Waldorf School and currently has a small private studio of bassoon and recorder students.

Cydne lives in Evanston and in her spare time is an artist and enjoys creating mythical monsters out of sheet copper. She also dreams of having a fine collection of rare books; so far she has collected and sold hundreds of books, but her permanent collection is now comprised of three beautiful books.
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You have opened up the world of Classical Music to me, where previously, it seemed too complicated.
Steffen Demeter
This is simply one of the very best radio programmes in the medium!...The study of the people, the times, and the events that inform the music we otherwise enjoy and even, heaven forbid, take for granted, brings the entire world of the music and the composer to life.
Walther Davies
There isn't a program you broadcast on Exploring Music" that isn't of interest. I find them all engaging. It is a combination of variety of subject, intellectual curiosity and your obvious enthusiasm which characterize your satisfying programs.
Michael Sanders
It’s a great way to re-engage myself with consciousness before heading off to work.
I Love this program! I am in 7th grade and I am the complete opposite of the other kids. I am 4th chair in the orchestra and I love to read. But most of all, I LOVE classical music!
Claudia Wertz
Your show has helped open my mind and heart to this world of music, and every show I hear confirms my place in music and gives me new ideas for where I'd like to go with it in the future….I grew up with classical music as a child and always held it in my heart, but I didn't have the confidence to be a good student (or a good violinist.)
Christine Anderson
Listening to you is almost interactive.You invite us in with so many well modulated dramatic and informative comments, enticing, enthusiastic interpretations, and coherent, beautiful presentations. It's a privilege to follow you into the musical space you create.
Sally Rosenbaum
I just love this program. It is soothing and comfortable at the end of the day. I find his comments interesting, but they aren't so dragged out that there is very little music. The balance of both is just right.
Jean Quay
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