Cellist Maureen Hynes enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, conductor, and educator. She performs regularly with the American Ballet Theater, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Opera Orchestra of New York, American Composers Orchestra, the Bard Festival Orchestra, New York Virtuosi, the Westchester Philharmonic, and the Queens Symphony. She has also appeared with the Royal Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, at the Spoleto and Aspen festivals, at the Lake George Opera Festival, and with the Bard Festival Chamber Players. Her work in New York has also included substitute work in many Broadway shows and for the Radio City Christmas Show.
Her solo and chamber music appearances have included performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Kennedy Center, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and the Bayside Historical Society. A winner of the Concert Artist Guild Award with the Janus Ensemble, she is currently a member of the Pierrot Consort. She has performed in Europe, Canada, Ireland, Korea, and Hong Kong both as cellist and on the viola da gamba.
Ms. Hynes is Adjunct Professor of Cello and Director of Orchestral and String Studies at Long Island University (LIU) Post. She is the conductor of the LIU Post Orchestra, the conductor and creator of the LIU Post String Ensemble, co-founder of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, and Director of the LIU Post Merriweather Consort, which specializes in Renaissance music. In 2009, she received the Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award from LIU Post for her contributions to the Department of Music.
In May of 2011, she conducted the LIU Post String Ensemble on its first European concert tour in Italy. Since the summer of 2011, she has appeared as soloist, chamber musician, and faculty at Songe d’été en musique in Québec, Canada. In the spring of 2014, she performed as cello soloist with the LIU Post Chorus and conducted performances of the LIU Post String Ensemble on tour in Ireland.
Ms. Hynes was also the creator and director of the LIU Post Pre-College Music Program. She has been guest conductor for the Nassau All-County Festival at Tilles Center, the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association (SCMEA) Festival, and the Long Island String Festivals in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. She also recently conducted the Queens Symphony Orchestra in an outdoor concert at Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria. Ms. Hynes is an adjudicator for Worldstrides Heritage Festivals. She has conducted string sectional rehearsals at Manhattan School of Music and prepared the strings for the 2015 Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar at MSM.
Ms. Hynes received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at Manhattan School of Music. She has given cello master classes in Seoul, Korea and on Long Island and she has coached at the Mannes Pre-College Division. She has recorded for the Albany label. Listed in the Marquis Who’s Who of American Women, she is a member of Chamber Music America, Early Music America, NAFME, the American String Teachers Association, and the College Orchestra Directors Association.