Cindy Whip
Cindy Whip
Violin I

Cindy Whip has been playing the violin since she was 3 1/2, when her parents were one of the first in the country to be inspired by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki and his ground-breaking technique of teaching the violin to young children.  She and her two brothers and one sister all play the violin.  Although not all continued professionally, Cindy chose to major in Music Education where she received her bachelor's degree at the UW-Madison in 1987.  Upon graduation, she taught orchestra/strings at Madison East High School as well as several area Madison elementary schools.  She has also maintained an active private violin studio for the last 25 years and has enjoyed working as a violin sectional coach for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras (WYSO) for many of those years.  During her three years as orchestra director at East High, Cindy also conducted the MATC Madison Community Orchestra.  She has been a core member of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra for nine years.  Other professional playing opportunities have included the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, and several chamber ensembles.

Other than a couple of years in The Netherlands in the early 90's, where her husband's job with Trek Bicycle took them, she and her family of five (plus a dog or two here and there) have remained in the Madison area.  When she's not busy helping to raise their three daughters and running them around to their various activities (which include sports and music lessons!  -- violin, cello, and percussion), Cindy's hobbies include tennis, golf, reading, and baking!

Cindy's thoughts about music, life, and family are:  "I'm so blessed to be able to share my love of music with my colleagues and students and also, together with my husband, nurture that love in my children."