Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

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All faculty can be reached via email, and individual appointments can arranged between students and faculty.

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Hours and Location

Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

The Music Office does not accept walk-in appointments. All appointments (in-person and virtual) must be made 1-2 business days prior to the meeting. A music staff is in the office from Monday through Thursday, and the office operates virtually on Fridays.

To schedule an appointment with a music staff, please use this link.
Phone messages will be returned in 2-3 business days. You can also email ACSM@qc.cuny.edu to reach the music staff.
We appreciate your patience!

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Capital Trio

Capital Trio

Hilary Cumming (violin) Şölen Dikener (cello) and Duncan Cumming (piano) have been playing together as The Capital Trio for over twenty years. An ensemble-in residence at the University at Albany, the trio has performed and held chamber music residencies in Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, and Michigan as well as in Sussex and at Cambridge University in England. They have released two recordings on the Albany Records label (TROY 1239 and 1428). In addition to performing and teaching at the University at Albany, through an artist exchange program the trio has performed, lectured, coached, and given master classes at Williams College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, SUNY Oswego, Long Island University, Clark University, Hartwick College, Crane School of Music, Marshall University, and Bates College.

Violinist Hilary Walther Cumming has served as concertmaster of the Cape Cod Sinfonietta and the Andover Chamber Orchestra. She has appeared as soloist with among others, the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Concord Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her mentors include Joseph Silverstein, Franco Gulli and Shmuel Ashkenasi on modern violin, Stanley Ritchie on Baroque violin, and Seamus Connolly on Irish traditional fiddle. Her recordings can be found on the Albany, Meridien and AFKA Records labels.

Şölen Dikener performs classical and baroque cello. He began his solo performing career in 1985 with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Ankara, Turkey before touring France at the invitation of the Cziffra Foundation. Before earning a doctoral degree from Michigan State University, Dikener trained at the Hochschule fűr Musik in Vienna and the Hacettepe University in Turkey. He has appeared as soloist and chamber musician throughout Germany, Austria, France, Turkey and the US. He has recorded works by Turkish and American composers and has also performed live radio broadcasts on European and US stations. He is the director of the Music Alive Concert Series at Marshall University and the Datça Cello Academy in Turkey.

Pianist Duncan J. Cumming, now in his fourteenth year on the faculty of the University at Albany, has performed concertos, recitals, and chamber music concerts in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Canada, Scotland, England, France, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Malawi among other places. He has recorded two albums for the Centaur label, one a solo recording (CRC 3125) including music of Brahms, Debussy, Satie, and Chopin and the other a historical instrument recording with Christopher Hogwood (CRC 3231) of the music of Carl Maria von Weber on Weber’s own 1815 Brodmann fortepiano.

Born near the Canadian border in Presque Isle, Maine, Cumming graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors from Bates College where he studied with Frank Glazer. He later received a full scholarship from the European Mozart Foundation and participated in intense chamber music study and performance at the European Mozart Academy in Prague. Upon his return to America he studied with Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory, where he received his Master of Music degree, and in May of 2003 he graduated with the Doctor of Music degree from Boston University. A recipient of the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, his festival Youth Movements, was honored with the 2018 President’s Award for Exemplary Public Engagement at the University at Albany.

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