Cindy Terhune earned her bachelor’s degree in music education from UW-Madison and completed her masters in music performance under the direction of Anthony DiSanza at UW-Madison. Cindy attended Lawrence University with the Conservatory of Music Trustee Award for two years before transferring to Madison.
She owns the Terhune Music Studio where she teaches private piano and percussion lessons to about fifty students. She has experience as a substitute teaching aid in special education classrooms and teaching music to students with a variety of learning disabilities, autism, ADD, and ADHD.
Cindy teaches the Sun Prairie High School percussion ensemble and was the Assistant Director of the Sound of Sun Prairie Marching Band in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. She freelances as a percussion clinician (concert and rudimental) at many area school districts including Mount Horeb, Beaver Dam, Beloit Turner, Lodi, Arrowhead, and Waukesha Wes. Cindy is an adjudicator for Wisconsin School Music Association solo and ensemble festivals and taught a “Percussion for the Non-Percussionist” course for music teachers. She is committed to helping band directors engage their school percussionists.
She has performed as a section percussionist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Madison Symphony Orchestra, and principal percussion in the Beloit-Janesville Symphony. She performed the Hovhaness xylophone concerto, “Fantasy on Japanese Woodprints,” with the Beaver Dam Community Orchestra.
Cindy premiered Dave Hollinden's multiple percussion concerto, "what clarity?", with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Percussion Ensemble in 2005. Cindy is a member of the percussion quartet accompanying soloist Anthony DiSanza performing "Concerto for Darabukka and Percussion Quartet" on his CD "On the Nature Of..."
Cindy is married to Ian Melrose and has three children who enjoy playing all of the instruments in the Terhune Music Studio.