Concert Tonight!

Yes, at 7:00 pm in the Kresge Chapel at the Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Vernon Snyder, piano, Mikko Pablo, cello, and Dr. Danielle Rosaria Cummins, violin. Music by Bach, Massenet, Jarnefelt, and Debussy.



Piano Trio in G major by Claude Debussy

I love to think about the 18-year -old Debussy writing this piece. In a letter to Tchaikovsky, that Russian composer’s patroness Madame von Meck said that Debussy wrote the trio while he was employed by her as piano instructor for her children and as pianist, working with her on pieces for piano four hands. This was during the summer of 1880 while the composer was staying in Fiesole, Italy. The G. Henle Verlag edition published in 1986 is the first edition of Debussy’s trio, taken from autograph sources which can be found in the Pierpont Morgan Library, (New York) and the School of Music, The University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). The first library mentioned contains the source material for the first movement and a cello part and the second has the last three movements. These later were discovered by the editor of the Henle Edition, Ellwood Derr. I am excited to be working on this piece partly because of its relatively new publication date and because it’s always fascinating to me to study composers’ early works and see where they got their influences from. The edition’s preface mentions the influences of CĂ©sar Franck and as a lover of his sonata as many people are I can definitely hear some similarities. The preface also mentions Robert Schumann and there is a distinctive German Romantic feel to playing this piece. And with all that it’s is so fun when a true “Debussy” moment happens.

I’ll be performing this and two other French/French-influenced pieces in upcoming live performances with Dr. Vernon Snyder (piano) and Mikko Pablo (cello). Our first performance will be in Arcadia. You can get info and directions at


The Black Coffee Trio Is In Town

Yes, be there. We’ll be onstage on Friday night. University of La Verne.

  • Faculty Recital
    Danielle Cummins, violin
    Benjamin Coyte, cello
    Vernon Snyder, piano
    Friday. October 19, 2012
    Morgan Auditorium 7:30 p.m.
    Admission is free
  • Ann & Steve Morgan Auditorium
    Second floor FH#104
    1950 Third Street
    La Verne, California
    located on the second floor

The Black Coffee Trio

Yes, as of this morning’s early rehearsal, that’s our official name. We are very particular about the requirements for one to be a part of this group, an example being, well I’ll leave that for you to decide…….Preparations have begun for our upcoming concerts in October. We’ll be performing the Mendelssohn Trio at the University of La Verne on October 19th at 8:00 pm and at Cal State San Bernardino (date and time to be announced shortly). You can see us on The Black Coffee Trio page of this website and on the Violin Events page on Facebook. You can also read about us on our blogs:

Dr. Vernon Snyder, piano:

Benjamin Coyte, cello:

Dr. Danielle Cummins, violin: you found it

The Black Coffee Trio, Vernon Snyder, piano, Benjamin Coyte, cello, and Danielle Cummins, violin will be performing at the University of La Verne on October 19th at 8:00 pm in the Morgan Auditorium. We’ll be playing the amazing Mendelssohn Trio. See you there! Admission is free.