Cynthia Giunta joins Des Moines Symphony Academy piano faculty

July 22, 2013


Joshua Barlage, Managing Director
Richard L. Early, Executive Director
The Temple for Performing Arts ● 1011 Locust Street, Suite 400 ● Des Moines, IA 50309
Date: July 22, 2013

Contact: Sophia S. Ahmad, Director of Marketing & Public Relations ● 515.280.4000, ext. 4011 ●


Des Moines, Iowa – The Des Moines Symphony Academy is pleased to announce the appointment of Cynthia Giunta to the piano faculty. Ms. Giunta regularly plays keyboard instruments for the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. She joins Symphony Academy piano faculty members Sophia S. Ahmad, John Helmich, Irina Kaplan, David Rubin and Anne Stein.

Ms. Giunta has performed on numerous college and university campuses throughout the United States, accompanying faculty and student recitals for more than 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, she has been a member of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra and 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, Ms. Giunta was appointed Adjunct Instructor of Piano Laboratory and Applied Piano for piano minors at Drake University.

She 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, she 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.
The Des Moines Symphony Academy is a year-round institution dedicated to providing outstanding music education opportunities for students ages three to adult including private lessons, group classes, chamber music and three outstanding Des Moines Symphony Youth Orchestras, which attract gifted and accomplished young instrumentalists from throughout Central Iowa.

The Des Moines Symphony is a not-for-profit professional orchestra formed in 1937 to enrich, educate and entertain the community by performing great orchestral music. The Symphony Association, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees and operating on an annual  budget of more than $2.5 million, supports the Symphony Academy of Music and its numerous education programs including three youth orchestras, and supports the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra which performs seven pairs of Masterworks concerts, the traditional pops performance on New Year’s Eve, education, outreach and family concerts,  and other special events in its home at the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. The Des Moines Symphony also produces and performs the annual Yankee Doodle Pops concert in July on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol, which this year attracted more than 100,000, the largest single day attendance of any concert event in the State.  -DMSO-