Cynthia Kinnunen is a passionate music educator, performer, songwriter, and advocate for music education and community music making. Classically trained in piano, she’s also learned a number of other instruments over the years, including bassoon, oboe, flute and, of course, ukulele. Her influences range from Baroque to big band, 80s one hit wonders to classic punk, electronica to folk. Her teaching and performing on ukulele – both as a solo artist and part of her duo, Transit Lounge – have taken her around the world to festivals such as Tropical Winter Ukulele Fest in Finland, Ukulele Festival of Scotland, Port Townsend Uke Fest in Washington State, Midwest Uke Camp in Michigan, and more. She teaches private lessons, group classes, a formal adult learning ukulele ensemble program, is a sessional lecturer at the University of Guelph, and is Director of Engagement for Ukulele in the Classroom as part of the James Hill Music Team.