"I've always wanted to play the violin...."
Welcome to the Violin & Viola Studio of Whidbey Island. When I tell you that I can help you make your own musical dreams come true, I mean just that. My name is Dr. Cynthia Morrow, and I have helped hundreds of people just like you to learn to play violin and/or viola. Many have gone on to become professsional musicians, some have used their talents to attain scholarships to universities around the world while majoring in other subjects, but my students have primarily discovered the joy of playing in orchestras and chamber ensembles, or strictly for themselves.

Studies have shown that learning to play a stringed instrument such as violin or viola helps raise student grades, adds IQ points, relieves stress, helps stave off dementia, and adds a new dimension of creativity and happiness to those who become even slightly proficient. It teaches a student how to learn and how to listen, develops coordination and self-esteem, and connects us to our cultural roots. Most of all, it enables us to be creative in an entirely new way. One is never too young or too old to learn!

I am a former psychologist who has had a long and varied career in music for over  55 years. I hold a performnance degree in Violin from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College in Los Angeles. My background as a musician has taken me from a contract with Columbia Records as a teenager in NYC to a classical and jazz career in Boston, the stages of Las Vegas, the studios of Hollywood, and the Principal Viola chairs of many orchestras in Southern California. My songs have won World Song Festivals, been featured in sound tracks for major motion pictures and television, and have been recorded by international recording stars. I also write musical murder mysteries, the Blanchard House Series featuring Althea Stewart, violist and amateur sleuth, "Unstrung" and "Domestic Violins," available on

Moving to Whidbey Island has been a surprising and wonderful musical experience for me. Not only have I had the opportunity to become first the Concertmaster, then the Conductor and Musical Director of Whidbey Island Community Orchestra, but I play regularly with Saratoga Orchestra, Island Consort, and concertize on violin and viola as one half of DeuxFemmesMusique with that amazing pianist, Sheila Weidendorf. We have so much talent on this island that teaching here and helping local people to make music has become my passion. This is my third year on Whidbey Island, and I thank everyone for welcoming me and making me part of this incredible arts community. I look forward to sharing my love of music with all of you.