Meet Cynthia

Cynthia Kinnunen has been making music since she was a child. Over the years, she has studied piano, flute, bassoon, oboe, voice and ukulele. After completing her Grade Ten Conservatory certificate in piano, she went on to pursue an honours degree in music with a major in piano and a diploma in arts/non-profit management. Cynthia is a Level 3 James Hill Ukulele Initiative teacher, and has also been an instructor alongside James Hill in that three-year teacher training program.  

She currently teaches private piano lessons; ukulele  lessons, workshops, classes and custom group sessions; performs as a solo artist and half of Transit Lounge (ukulele & bass duo); and is Festival Director of the Royal City Uke Fest.


During the day, Cynthia can be found working at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, and over the last twenty years has worked in marketing, fundraising and events in the non-profit sector.

Cynthia’s husband and three children also enjoy musical endeavours and the occasional family music jam is known to happen.

“FABULOUS! Cynthia’s kind and enthusiastic approach has delivered outstanding results with our students. They have progressed extremely quickly in learning this great little instrument under her guidance.  From plucking one string at a time to chords and finger picking, Cynthia has successfully led students into a great group of performers.  After only 3 short months, over 50 students performed in front of an audience during a school-wide assembly.  Thank you Cynthia!”  – David Marquis, Principal

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