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Cindy Emory Hicks is a concert harpist who also enjoys teaching both orchestral pedal and folk harp in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. She believes people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the benefits of making music and learning to play an instrument. Call or email for inquiries about lessons and obtaining an instrument.
Cindy has been Principal Harpist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2002. In addition, she serves as Principal Harpist with the Knoxville Opera, the Symphony of the Mountains, and the Oak Ridge Symphony. See her Facebook page (KnoxHarp) for upcoming recitals and concerts.
In 1994, Cindy was one of only 2 US citizens to compete in the prestigious International Harp Contest held in Jerusalem, Israel.
Cindy received a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University.
Her teachers have included Alice Chalifoux, Eileen Mason and Eleanor England Hoadley.

Steve Sensenig started playing piano at the age of 3 in his hometown of Parkesburg, PA. Using method books and classical music from his older sisters and mother, Steve began learning on his own to read music and play the piano. He did not begin formal training until the age of 11, at which point he was already playing basic classical sonatinas and other works of varying difficulties.
Throughout his middle school and high school years, Steve continued to develop his abilities and gained several awards in recognition of his playing and accompanying skills. Upon graduating from high school, Steve pursued his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Philadelphia Biblical University where he enjoyed his orchestral debut with the first movement of a Mozart piano concerto.
His career has taken him into many genres in addition to the classical training he has received. While in high school, he had begun writing his own arrangements of hymn tunes, and began performing concerts in churches all over southeastern Pennsylvania. Early recording projects during his college years produced two recordings of his own hymn arrangements.
In 2006, Steve accepted an invitation to join the faculty at the Hayes School of Music Appalachian State University as an Adjunct Faculty member, accompanying/coaching music students and accompanying other faculty members. In addition to accompanying/coaching students at ASU, Steve also occasionally functioned as the accompanist/coach of the Opera Workshop, and music directed their production of Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” in the spring of 2008.
In 2008, Steve accepted a position as a Music Director at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, where he worked fulltime as Resident Music Director until Fall, 2012. He music directed (among others) “Bat Boy”, “Another Night Before Christmas”, “Forever Plaid”, “Annie”, “Violet”, “The Full Monty”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cabaret”, and “Tarzan: The Stage Musical”. In addition, Steve assisted in the musical direction of “Beauty and the Beast”, “Sweeney Todd” and “Little Shop of Horrors”.
He also served as an accompanist for the department of music at Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA. There, he accompanied their student Music Hour, juries, and their Musical Theatre class.
Steve, his lovely wife, Christy, and their two children live in a motorhome and travel the US, experiencing life and adventure together!

Cindy Hicks

Cindy Emory Hicks is a concert harpist who also enjoys teaching both orchestral pedal and folk harp in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. She believes people of all ages and abilities can enjoy the benefits of making music and learning to play an instrument. Call or email for inquiries about lessons and obtaining an instrument.
Cindy has been Principal Harpist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra since 2002. In addition, she serves as Principal Harpist with the Knoxville Opera, the Symphony of the Mountains, and the Oak Ridge Symphony. See her Facebook page (KnoxHarp) for upcoming recitals and concerts.
In 1994, Cindy was one of only 2 US citizens to compete in the prestigious International Harp Contest held in Jerusalem, Israel.
Cindy received a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University.
Her teachers have included Alice Chalifoux, Eileen Mason and Eleanor England Hoadley.

Steve Sensenig

Steve Sensenig started playing piano at the age of 3 in his hometown of Parkesburg, PA. Using method books and classical music from his older sisters and mother, Steve began learning on his own to read music and play the piano. He did not begin formal training until the age of 11, at which point he was already playing basic classical sonatinas and other works of varying difficulties.
Throughout his middle school and high school years, Steve continued to develop his abilities and gained several awards in recognition of his playing and accompanying skills. Upon graduating from high school, Steve pursued his Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance at Philadelphia Biblical University where he enjoyed his orchestral debut with the first movement of a Mozart piano concerto.
His career has taken him into many genres in addition to the classical training he has received. While in high school, he had begun writing his own arrangements of hymn tunes, and began performing concerts in churches all over southeastern Pennsylvania. Early recording projects during his college years produced two recordings of his own hymn arrangements.
In 2006, Steve accepted an invitation to join the faculty at the Hayes School of Music Appalachian State University as an Adjunct Faculty member, accompanying/coaching music students and accompanying other faculty members. In addition to accompanying/coaching students at ASU, Steve also occasionally functioned as the accompanist/coach of the Opera Workshop, and music directed their production of Kurt Weill’s “Street Scene” in the spring of 2008.
In 2008, Steve accepted a position as a Music Director at Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA, where he worked fulltime as Resident Music Director until Fall, 2012. He music directed (among others) “Bat Boy”, “Another Night Before Christmas”, “Forever Plaid”, “Annie”, “Violet”, “The Full Monty”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cabaret”, and “Tarzan: The Stage Musical”. In addition, Steve assisted in the musical direction of “Beauty and the Beast”, “Sweeney Todd” and “Little Shop of Horrors”.
He also served as an accompanist for the department of music at Emory and Henry College in Emory, VA. There, he accompanied their student Music Hour, juries, and their Musical Theatre class.
Steve, his lovely wife, Christy, and their two children live in a motorhome and travel the US, experiencing life and adventure together!

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