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Staff Celebration Friday: Cyndi Betts

IT'S STAFF CELEBRATION FRIDAY!

Today we shine the spotlight on Orchestra Director, Cyndi Betts.
Thank you for all that you do, Mrs. Betts!

NAME: Cyndi Betts
CAMPUS: Grand Rapids Christian High School and Middle School
ROLE: Orchestra Director

How long have you been working at GRCS?
This is year number 19!

Give a brief overview of your family life, educational and/or career history.
After graduating from the University of Michigan, I taught orchestra and performed in the Chicago area for several years.  

My husband and I moved back to Grand Rapids where we have raised our 3 sons. All three attended GR Christian and they fully experienced and enjoyed all that GRCS has to offer in the community, academics, music, theatre, forensics, and sports.  

In my time here at GRCS, I have taught orchestra for  Sylvan, Oakdale, Creston, Millbrook, Evergreen, Rockford and GRCMS and GRCHS.  My current position is at GRCMS and GRCHS.

What is your favorite part of your job?
The students!  I love the relationships we build over many years and the community we have in the orchestra classroom making music-it is special!

Of all your time at GRCS, what special projects are you most proud of?
I love giving students opportunities to share and experience their art.  We have developed some terrific events over the years; Senior Solo night, Fine Arts week, Christmas Pops, our involvement with MSBOA and Michigan Youth Arts Festival and many concerts with Guest artists and Conductors — I love being able to plan these special events for students.

Are there any extracurricular activities you lead or assist with?
Outside of school,  I conduct an Orchestra and St. Cecilia Music Center and play Concertmaster for the Kent Philharmonia Orchestra.

Anything silly or interesting you would like to share?
I buy all my clothes at thrift/consignment shops and I have been known to turn into a vocal, energetic hockey mom while watching my sons play!

Which Portrait of a Graduate characteristic do you relate to most within your role, and why? Or, which characteristic do you try and exemplify most and why?
Thoughtful Neighbors: Prepared to practice hospitality, compassion, service, empathy to those around them.

I think this is what working with students is all about and I strive to live these traits in my classroom and cultivate this attitude in our orchestras.  We have a unique situation in a music ensemble where we are a group working together for a common goal of creating music together. We are a team, and our community and the music we make together is magical... and we get to share the magic with an audience!