Maureen Hynes enjoys an active career as cellist, conductor, chamber musician and educator. She performs regularly with the Westchester Philharmonic, American Ballet Theater, the American Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York, the Bard Festival Orchestra, and the Queens Symphony. She has also appeared with the Royal Ballet, the San Francisco Ballet, at the Spoleto and Aspen Festivals, 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, the Bayside Historical Society and the historic Old Whaler’s Church in Sag Harbor. A winner of the Concert Artists Guild Award with the Janus Ensemble, she is currently a member of the Pierrot Consort. She has performed in Europe, Canada, Korea and Hong Kong both as cellist and on the viola da gamba. Since the summer of 2011, she appears as soloist, chamber musician and faculty at Songe d’été en musique in Québec, Canada.
Ms. Hynes was Director of Orchestral and String Studies and Professor of Cello at the LIU POST campus of Long Island University. She was 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 Merriweather Consort, which specializes in Renaissance music. She also created and directed the LIU Post Pre-College Program. In 2009, she received the Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award from LIU Post for her contributions to the Department of Music and in addition, she is listed in the Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women.” 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. Her conducting career has included conducting the 2016-2017 season of the Queens Symphony, the oldest professional orchestra in Queens. In November of 2019, she was invited to Guest Conduct the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. She has conducted the LIU Post String Ensemble on tours in Italy and Ireland and has been the conductor for numerous regional and statewide Festivals and clinics including the Nassau All-County Festival at Tilles Center, the SCMEA Festival, the Long Island String Festivals in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the Area-1 All-State String Orchestra in Fredonia. She is an adjudicator for Worldstrides Heritage Festivals.
Ms. Hynes is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her B.M. and M.M. degrees. She has given Cello Master Classes in Seoul, Korea and on Long Island and has recorded for the Albany label. She is a member of Chamber Music America, Early Music America, NAFME and the American String Teachers Association.