Her family legend has it that at the age of three Mia Hynes corrected her mother’s piano playing, leading her mother to bring Mia up onto the bench to show mom how it was done. She made her professional debut at age twelve with the Indianapolis Symphony. Fifth-grade Career Day was the last time she considered another profession. When she said she might want to be a doctor, her classmates told her “You’re already a pianist. You don’t get to pick two.” And while she realized in that moment that they were right, being a pianist eventually led her to receive a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature, and Dr. Mia Hynes joined the UCM faculty in 1996.
Her piano also became her passport to the world, as she’s performed and lectured around the United States and beyond, including on NPR’s classical music show Performance Today, at the prestigious Library of Congress, at United Nations headquarters, at Steinway Hall in New York, and at theEuropean Piano Teachers Convention in Serbia, to name but a few venues.