Professional performing and teaching cellist
in the Gig Harbor/Port Orchard, Washington state area.
Cynthia Swenson is a professional cellist working in numerous local orchestras, chamber, choral and rock groups, ballet, opera, musical theatre and church service ensembles. She was co-founder, performer and booking agent of The Altair Trio for nine years. Ms. Swenson was also the primary staff cello teacher at the New Mozart School of Music (Palo Alto, California) for five years, and currently now runs a new private cello teaching studio in the Seattle area for youths and adults of all playing levels. She is also now the primary cello teacher at Gig Harbor’s Cappella Music Academy. Her past competition, exam and award winning students have successfully auditioned into, and been promoted within the California youth orchestras CYS, PACO, GSYO, PYO, CPYO and SFSYO, along with some national and international summer music programs, and solo radio featured NPR (“From The Top”) appearances! 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 also has vocational degrees/certificates and substantial work experience in clinical laboratory medicine and interior design. Cynthia served as principal cellist for many years with the Master Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, California Pops Orchestra, Silicon Valley Symphony, Stanford Symphony and Opera Orchestras, Awesøme Orchestra, Mission Symphony Orchestra and the California Youth Symphony, and is currently performing with the Tacoma Community Orchestra. She was an ensemble music coach with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra for four years, and has performed in many summer music festivals. Member of American String Teachers Association and Kitsap Music Teachers Association.