Teaching Artist, Piano/Keyboard Lab
Office Location: FAC 424
Cynthia Guinta is a Des Moines native who earned her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She has studied with Joyce Gault, accompanying with Marleta Matheson, and has coached with Jeffrey Siegel, Eugene Bossart and Yoheved Kaplinsky.
In 1988 she was invited by the United States Embassy to perform and lecture on American music in Caracas, Venezuela. Ms. Giunta also traveled to the west Coast Clarinet Congress at California State University, Fresno to accompany colleague Clarence Padilla in recital in 2000.
Since 1993 Ms. Giunta has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and an active accompanist for music faculty and student recitals at Drake University. In 2004, she became an adjunct instructor of piano laboratory and applied piano for piano minor students at the University. She continues to maintain a private piano studio of 30 students through the Drake Community School of Music.
Cynthia Giunta collaborated on her first compact disc recording in June 2002 entitled Playing Through. David Shea from “The Clarinet” reviewed the CD saying the Gabaye Sonatinas “final movement is full of energy and drive where both clarinetist and pianist are solid technically and play with great flair.” Her second CD with clarinetist and colleague Clarence Padilla is expected to be released in the Fall 2009.
In June, 2009, Cynthia became Co-Director of Music for the Catalyst Arts Academy intensive four week summer program.