Cynthia Jane Kitt has been a violist with the National Symphony Orchestra since
1976. Born in Northampton, Massachusetts, she attended Mount Holyoke College for
two years and then, with the encouragement of her violinist sister (who is now
retired from the Pittsburgh Symphony), went on to the Curtis Institute to receive
her bachelor of music degree. Some of her most influential teachers were Louise
Rood, Sonya Monosoff, Nathan Gottschalk, and Max Aronoff. She credits Greenwood
Music Camp in Cummington, Massachusetts as a great influence on her music career.
Before joining the National Symphony, Ms. Kitt was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony,
Buffalo Philharmonic, the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and a participant
in the Grand Teton Music Festival. Since 1998, Ms. Kitt has played on a viola
made in 1970 by Juliet Barker, Cambridge, England.