Houston Native, Martha Cunyus, is a cello teacher at Vivaldi Music Academy. She started studying the cello in elementary school with Fred Edelen. Later, she attended the High School for Performing and Visual Arts where she focused on cello performance. At this time she studied privately with Lisa Vosdoganes and Anthony Kitai. Cunyus went on to earn her Bachelor of Music degree, Cum Laude, from DePaul University, which she attended on a cello performance scholarship. While there she studied cello with Steve Balderston and composition with Seung-Won Oh, Kurt Westerberg, and Christopher Jones.
As a cellist, Martha has performed throughout Houston and Chicago as a soloist and part of multiple chamber groups and orchestras. She has also performed in pit orchestras for multiple opera and musical theater productions. In addition to classical music, she has also performed across genres, having played with musicians such as Amanda Palmer. As a composer, Martha has had works performed in Houston, Chicago, and Miami. She has also had music featured on Chicago’s public radio station, WFMT.
Martha started working as a Music Teaching Assistant in middle school and has been passionate about education ever since. She has taught general music through the Lyric Music Studio and the Houston Boychoir as well as cello to several private students. In addition to working at the Vivaldi Music Academy, she is as a preschool drama teacher at with Main Street Theater.