Business Expansion: Violin Events

Live music adds another dimension to any special event. It’s awesome to have live string music for weddings, parties, corporate dinners, anniversaries, and wine tastings. I’ve been providing solo and ensemble performance groups for weddings and special events for over ten years and it’s a blast! I recently started advertising on The Knot, the largest wedding website in the US. I’ll be coordinating, contracting, and performing for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the Inland Empire and Orange County. Let me know if you or someone you know is looking for live music! I’ve added a wedding page to this website for more information: You can also check out my profile on The Knot at:


String Theory Special Announcement: Album Release!!!

Yep, our album of String Theory originals is out! The creation of this album which spread over the last few months took hours of recording, editing, and mixing, not to mention many days of writing, composing, arranging, rehearsing and performing. The process went amazingly smooth and I have to congratulate the other members of String Theory for their awesome professionalism and musicianship. It’s a real honor to be on this album with you guys!

You can pre-order the CD now at the following link or look for us soon on I-Tunes and Amazon.

We’ve been working hard to get the album out for our next two big gigs at the Blue Fin and the Sawdust Festival. You can get information on these and other upcoming performances at

Music, the Language

Why is it that all cultures (if you know of one that purposefully doesn’t, let me know) have some kind of music? Go to the streets of New York or the outback of Australia and where there are people there’s music. It’s found in stores, in ear phones, cars, concert halls, airplanes, you name it, it’s everywhere, sometimes to such a pitch that competing styles overlap and the uniqueness of each genre can hardly be distinguished. Most of us identify ourselves with a particular type of music, something that is uniquely us, reminds us of where we come from, why we’re special, who we are. How is it that sounds, with or without words, can speak to us and sometimes unite, sometimes distinguish us culturally and intellectually. Well, leaving how they do this aside for the present, the fact is that they do. Go to a rock concert and you’ll see huge numbers of people from different backgrounds, parts of the country, ages, but one thing they have in common: the music. For a brief time you’ll see all these people united in one positive experience because of their common musical culture, because it speaks to them about things they’ve gone through. Music tells us about things that happen to us and let’s us know that other people experience those things too. The style is the language that comes from the culture, but the truths that good music allows us to understand are universal. Music tells us that in spite of all the stuff that goes on around us, all the confusion and pain, there are still things under the surface that are beautiful, organized, holy, and good. Every good bit of music is a testimony to the victory of a human person. This video of Hilary Hahn performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216 made me think of these things.

If you want to know what music does, watch this video to the end:


Mendelssohn and Brahms This Sunday!

This Sunday, Vernon Snyder (piano), Benjamin Coyte (cello), and myself (violin) will be performing Mendelssohn Trio No. 1 and Brahms Sonata in G minor of Violin and Piano at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 512 W Duarte Rd, Archadia, CA 91007 – 7323 at 3:00 in the afternoon. We had our rehearsal today and it’s great to be performing with these awesome musicians again. I hope you’ll be able to join us. 


This photo was taken by Neil Johnson at Cal Poly Pomona on May 23rd, 2012 with Kevin Mills playing cello. 

Chamber Music of Brahms and Mendelssohn

July 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Danielle Cummins, violin
Benjamin Coyte, cello
Vernon Snyder, piano

$10 tickets at the door, reception following

Geigenbau Online

“Bauen” means “to build” in German and a Geige is a violin, so this website’s about violin building. There’s your German lesson for the day 🙂 A good friend of mine told me about this German website created for a violin making workshop located in Lübeck. It has vast amounts of information ranging from what to do if your bow’s hair falls out to how strings instruments are made. You can see a slideshow that pictures the step-by-step process of cello construction. This website is a great resource, especially for teachers and students as well as for anyone who enjoys classical music and wants to get more insights into it. Here’s the link: