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.  She completed her Grade Ten Conservatory certificate in piano and 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 Registered Music Teacher (piano) through ORMTA (Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association), has completed the three-year James Hill Ukulele Initiative pedagogy program, and has previously taught as a certified Kindermusik educator.  Cynthia currently teaches private piano lessons, and ukulele in a variety of arrangements for all ages, and is Festival Director of the Royal City Uke Fest.


During the day, Cynthia can be found working in Strategic Planning at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and has worked in marketing and fundraising in the non-profit sector for almost twenty years. She recently finished up a 3-year term as volunteer board member/president of the Guelph Arts Council Board of Directors and chaired several committees. Cynthia’s husband and three children also enjoy musical endeavours and the occasional family music jam is known to happen at home.

“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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