Cindy Scaruffi-Klispie, trumpeter and native Chicagoan, received a BM from Illinois State University and an MM from Northwestern University. In high school, Ms. Klispie was 1st chair in the Illinois All-State Orchestra and a student at the Interlochen Arts Camp where she played Principal Trumpet in the World Youth Symphony and Lead in the High School Jazz Ensemble.
Cindy was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago for two years and was selected for the prestigious Tanglewood Fellowship program with the Boston Symphony for two summers. She was also a member of the Disney World All-American College Band in Orlando. While in Chicago, she studied with Adolph Herseth, Vincent Cichowicz, William Scarlett, George Vosburgh, Tom Crown, Luther Didrickson, and Arnold Jacobs. While at Tanglewood, Ms. Klispie studied with Charlie Schlueter and Roger Voisin. She has also studied with Leon Rapier, Susan Slaughter, Herbert L. Koerselman, and Thomas Wohlwender.
Cindy has played with the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Boston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Elgin Symphony, and many other ensembles in the USA. Ms. Klispie was Principal Trumpet of the Southwest Florida Symphony and the Sarasota Orchestra (formerly the Florida West Coast Symphony). She has played with the Monarch Brass Ensemble at conferences for the ITG and IWBC. Cindy was also Principal Trumpet of the Rome Opera Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Teatro San Carlo in Napoli. She also played for the RAI Orchestras in Napoli and Torino, as well as the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome.
Currently, Ms. Klispie plays Principal Trumpet for Opera Naples, Gulfshore Opera, the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota, The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra (Florida), The Suncoast Brass (which she founded), the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, and with other groups in Florida.
Ms. Klispie has taught at Illinois Benedictine College, Florida Gulf Coast University, and currently at Florida SouthWestern State College (formerly Edison State College). She has written and published “Twenty Orchestral Studies for Trumpet.”
Following in the footsteps of her many teachers, Cindy allows time to teach private lessons to aspiring young musicians. Many of her students have been selected for the Florida All-State Ensembles and All-County Bands, consistently in the top chairs. Cindy is a member of the Florida Bandmasters Association, as an adjudicator, and the International Trumpet Guild.