Very grateful for the opportunity to talk ukulele with Grand Magazine in the Sept-Oct issue.
I was thrilled to be part of the teaching team at this year’s summer institute of the JHUI Teachers CertificateProgram, Toronto location, along with James Hill and Simon Akirov. This three-year teacher training program, created by world-renowned ukulele instructor and virtuoso James Hill, helps develop an understanding of curriculum strategies and pedagogy using the Ukulele in the Classroom (Hill/Doane) series. You can read more about this unique program here.
On July 7th, the Royal City Ukulele Ensemble shared some ukulele happiness in downtown Guelph at the Friday Noon Hour Concert Series. Amidst the bustling streets and lunchtime crowd, lots of smiling faces and singing along.
Check out a little snippet: https://goo.gl/photos/sXZpkKJ84uEwxeAc7
Cynthia was recently a guest on the podcast OokTown, with host Stuart Yoshida, co-host Doug Brown, and Hawaiian ukulele instructor and performer, Bryan Tolentino. Give it a listen and download more ukulele podcasts here.
The Royal City Ukulele Ensemble and Royal City Ambassadors barbershop chorus had a very successful performance on February 25, putting on a great show and raising money for the Chalmers Community Services Centre. Thanks to everyone who attended!
Of course, we had to keep the fun going with a little post-show ukulele music at Fionn MacCool’s Pub, too!
A snippet from our RCUE portion of the evening:
Beginner Bootcamp at the Kitchener Public Library in February and we had a full house! Lots of fun making music with this group.
Our World Play Your Ukulele Day strum-along (and launch of the Royal City Uke Fest) was a lot of fun! 70+ strummers gathered at the ANAF in Guelph on February 2nd to make music and hear about our wonderful community ukulele festival coming up in September. Thanks to all those ukulele players who joined in the fun!
In December 2016, Cynthia was interviewed for an article in GuelphToday.com about the growing popularity of the ukulele and the fun being had learning this wonderful little instrument.
Cynthia won Best Musical Instruction in the Guelph Mercury Tribune Readers Choice Awards in 2016. Thank you to everyone who voted! So grateful!
Winner of University of Guelph’s College Idol competition, October 2016, in support of United Way Guelph.
Leading Celtic songs ukulele workshops at the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Fergus, Ontario in August 2016.
A celebration of ukulele music at Silence with a screening of The Mighty Uke film, followed by a big fun strum-along for Music Monday in May 2016.
Royal City Ukulele Ensemble plays Tiffany PorchFest in Guelph in June 2016. What a fun time!
The Royal City Ukulele Ensemble performed at The Guelph Arts Council’s 40th Anniversary/70’s-themed event at the River Run Centre in November 2015.
The Royal City Ukulele Ensemble joined forces with Cynthia’s Elementary After School Ukulele classes for a massed ukulele performance for Music Monday 2015.
The Royal City Ukulele Ensemble performed at Waterloo’s Grand Porch Party in 2015.
Cynthia’s 5-minute Ignite Talk pitch for why everyone should pick up a ukulele (recorded back in March 2014).