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Janet's Jaunt: GO GO GADGET "Google Glass," with Cynthia Johnston Turner

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Balch Hall, FIR Residence: 319 Wait Ave

Everyone has heard of Google Glass, but how will this device affect our daily life, research, and experience in the classroom? Join beta tester Cynthia Johnston Turner, director of Wind Ensembles at Cornell, as she presents her experience with streaming content to audiences, developing apps, and life as a conductor and humanist wearing Google Glass. The discussion will be streamed live at and question and comments will be monitored on twitter, #janetsjaunt. Seating is limited. Email to reserve a seat.

Cynthia Johnston Turner is the Director of Wind Ensembles, overseeing the Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds, and other chamber ensembles. She also serves as faculty advisor to CU Winds, a student-driven organization devoted to the promotion and performance of wind music. Cynthia has commissioned numerous new works for wind band and she continues to actively promote commissions by today’s leading composers around the world. She works closely with the Cornell DMA candidates in composition to help present their new works for wind ensemble in concert and in recordings.  Under her direction, the Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the College Band Directors National Association’s Eastern Division Conference in 2007 and 2012. In 2008, the Merrill Presidential Scholars at Cornell recognized Cynthia as an outstanding educator, and in 2009, she was awarded the Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship. Ensembles under her direction have been praised by such composers as Steven Stucky, William Kraft, Steven Bryant, Dana Wilson, Roberto Sierra, and Karel Husa.

Since January 2006, Cynthia has led the Cornell Wind Ensemble on biennial performing and service tours to Costa Rica that include performances across the country, conducting masterclasses with Costa Rican teachers, instrument masterclasses for Costa Rican children, and the donation of over 250 instruments to music schools across the country.

Among other recent engagements, Cynthia has guest conducted the Provincial Honor Bands of Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario, as well as the National Youth Band of Canada, Concordia Santa Fe (, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the Latin American Honor Band, the National Band of Costa Rica (San Jose), the National Orchestra of Heredia, the Montclair State Wind Ensemble, SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble, and numerous state honor bands.

Janet's Jaunt is a monthly discussion group honoring Cornellian Janet Jacks Balch. This short 60-minute excursion into cutting edge topics, art, and research, provides residents the opportunity to explore new interests and chat with faculty and guests in the FIR's living room at 319 Wait Ave.


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Paul Merrill


Cynthia Johnston Turner

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Department of Music

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