Professional performing and teaching cellist in the Palo Alto and San Mateo California areas.
Cynthia Swenson is a professional performing freelance cellist working in numerous local orchestras, chamber, choral and rock groups, ballet, opera, musical theatre and church service ensembles. She is co-founder, performer and booking agent of The Altair Trio. Ms. Swenson is also the primary staff cello teacher at The New Mozart School of Music, and in addition runs a private cello teaching studio in both Palo Alto and San Mateo for youths and adults (total at all studios numbering around 34) of all playing levels. Her competition and award winning students have successfully auditioned into/promoted within the local youth orchestras CYS, PACO, GSYO, PYO, and SFSYO, along with some national and international summer music programs. Cynthia’s own cello instructors of youth were Irene Sharp, Bonnie Hampton, Irving Klein and Gabor Rejto, and she also studied piano and flute. Ms. Swenson earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University while under music scholarship, and has vocational degrees and certificates in clinical laboratory medicine and interior design. Cynthia has served as principal cellist for many years with the California Pops Orchestra, Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, Silicon Valley Symphony, Stanford Symphony and Opera Orchestras, Mission College Symphony Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony. She was an ensemble music coach with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra for four years, and has performed in many summer music festivals.