Cynthia Penne Lecturer
Wilson Hall 3042
Lecturer in Music/MM Eastman School of Music. Originally from the Chicago area, Cynthia Penne began her music studies at the age of 10 in public school string classes. After earning a BM in music education with a major in violin, Penne studied viola with Francis Tursi and Suzuki pedagogy with Anastasia Jempelis at the Eastman School where she received a MM degree in viola performance. She came to Lexington in 1978 to work for Fine Arts in Rockbridge and to develop a Suzuki violin studio for children. She was a violist with the Roanoke Symphony for eight seasons and has performed with Opera Roanoke, the Rockbridge Choral Society, and regional orchestras. Penne is now principal violist of the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra and teaches viola at Washington and Lee University. She also is the violist of the W&L faculty trio and is the Suzuki violin instructor at Garth Newel Music Center in Warm Springs, Virginia.