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Maureen Hynes, Adjunct Professor of Cello

Maureen Hynes

Adjunct Professor of Cello; Director, Orchestral and String StudiesDirector, LIU Post Orchestra and LIU Post String EnsembleCellist, Pierrot Consort, faculty ensemble-in-residence at LIU Post

B.M., M.M., Manhattan School of Music


Maureen Hynes, cellist and conductor enjoys an active career as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician, orchestral player, 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, 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. 

She is a frequent guest conductor for All-County and LISFA Festivals on Long Island and throughout the state. She has conducted string sectional rehearsals at the Manhattan School of Music, including preparing the strings for the Kurt Masur Conducting Seminar. This season, she created and conducted a Children’s Concert and several “Masterworks” programs for the Queens Symphony Orchestra, the oldest professional orchestra in Queens.

Ms. Hynes was the creator of the LIU Post String Ensemble, which she has conducted on tour in Italy and Ireland. She created and directed the LIU Post Pre-College Music Program and she is the co-founder of the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival, which inspires students through intensive study of chamber music.

Since the summer of 2011, she appears as soloist, chamber musician and faculty at Songe d’été en musique in Québec, Canada. In the fall of 2015, she became a member of the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music where she teaches Introductory and Advanced Conducting classes.


Cello performance, conducting, chamber music, Renaissance music

Lectures and Presentations

  • Cello Master Class at Virtuoso Suzuki Academy in Garden City, March 19, 2017
  • String Orchestra Clinics – Hauppauge High School, March/April 2016
  • String Orchestra Clinic and Adjudication for World Projects at Carnegie Hall, March 2016
  • String sectionals at Manhattan School of Music, 2014-2015
  • String Orchestra Clinic – Mamaroneck High School, September 2015
  • String Orchestra Clinic – Herricks High School, May 2012
  • String Orchestra Clinic – Floral Park High School, May 2010
  • Master Class on Bach Cello Suites – Long Island Guitar Festival, April 2010
  • Ongoing Adjudications for Worldstrides Heritage Festivals


  • “Songs of Henry Cowell” - Albany Records
  • Numerous recordings with American Symphony Orchestra


  • Soloist at Songe d’été en Musique in Quebec, Canada – 2011 to the present
  • Solo Recital at the Old Whalers’ Church in Sag Harbor – March 6, 2016
  • Solo cellist with LIU Post Chorus for Knut Nystedt’s “Stabat Mater” on tour in Ireland – May/June 2014
  • Numerous recitals at LIU Post
  • Chamber music appearances with the Pierrot Consort, the faculty ensemble-in-residence at LIU Post – yearly at the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival and throughout the year on campus and off campus
  • Chamber music appearances at Songe d’été en Musique in Canada – 2011 to present
  • Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera for string quartet and pipa at Merkin Concert Hall – March 22, 2012 in celebration of World Water Day
  • Numerous yearly orchestral appearances at Carnegie Hall as a member of American Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York and others
  • Yearly appearances at the Metropolitan Opera House and the David Koch Theater with American Ballet Theater
  • Yearly appearances with American Composers Orchestra, Westchester Philharmonic and others
  • Conducted the Queens Symphony Orchestra at various venues:
    • June 14, 2017-Light Classics for a Summer Evening – Jamaica Performing Arts Center
    • April 21, 2017 – Romanticism and the Nationalistic Spirit – Queens Performing Arts Center
    • March 26, 2017 – Team Spirit, a Children’s Concert – LeFrak Concert Hall
    • September 24, 2016 – Concert at Juniper Valley Park
    • June 30, 2016 – Independence Celebration – Astoria Park
  • Conducted Area 1- All-State String Orchestra in Fredonia – November 19, 2016
  • Conducted Long Island String Festival – Nassau and Suffolk – January/February 2016
  • Conducted SCMEA All –County Festival – Division III West – March 9, 2013
  • Conducted NMEA All-County Festival – Division I West – January 13, 2013
  • Conducted Long Island String Festival – Nassau and Suffolk -2007


Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award from Long Island University - 2009

Professional Affiliations

Chamber Music America, Early Music America, NAFME, American String Teachers Association and the College Orchestra Directors Association