Nationally acclaimed as an accompanist, pianist Cynthia Giunta has performed on numerous college and university campuses throughout the United States, accompanying faculty and student recitals for over three decades. During this time she has also built and maintained an active piano studio with an emphasis on private and group instruction for high school and college-aged students. Many of her past students have gone on to attend some of the nation’s best music schools.
Since 1993 Cynthia has been an accompanist for the music faculty and students at Drake University. She has accompanied more than two hundred recitals in the past five years. In 2004, Cynthia was appointed Adjunct Instructor of Piano Laboratory and Applied Piano for piano minors at Drake University.
Cynthia was invited to perform and lecture on American Music at The United States Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela in 2002 and continues to be a sought-after performer for numerous recitals throughout the Midwest. She has also performed at the 2002 Clarinet Congress at California State University- Fullerton, accompanying Drake University colleague Clarence Padilla.
In the summer of 2009, Cynthia was Co-Director of the Music for the Catalyst Arts Academy, an intensive four-week program working with gifted students. Recent performances with the Des Moines Symphony include Orff’s Carmina Burana and the world premiere of Steve Heitzeg’s Symphony In Sculpture as well as recitals with Des Moines Symphony trombonist and Symphony Academy faculty member Casey Maday and Burt Hara, principal clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ms. Giunta’s performances are often broadcast nationally on Public Radio and regionally on public access television.Back to Faculty