The Cummings Quartet
The Cummings String Quartet is a northern Michigan-based ensemble of professionals who perform with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra and the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Named after the benefactors of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program, the quartet also serves as teachers and artistic representatives of the Gerber program.
David Reimer is the first violinist and director of the Gerber program. He has degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Ohio State University and recently was professor of violin and Director of String Studies at Calvin College. Cheryl Zetterholm, the second violinist, earned her degrees in violin performance from Michigan State and the New England Conservatory of Music, then played with the Florida Symphony Orchestra for nine years. She returned to Michigan and currently maintains an active performing and teaching schedule out of West Bloomfield and Kewadin. Kim Teachout studied viola at Northern Illinois University, the University of Colorado and Arizona State University. She subsequently worked in a wide range of artistic positions, from being a member of the Tacoma Symphony to directing a Charter School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She currently lives in Traverse City, where she has an active performing and teaching schedule. Elizabeth Bert, the cellist, earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Toledo after initial studies at Michigan State and has now been a member of the Traverse Symphony for 40 years. She has performed with nearly every orchestra in northern Michigan and was recently on the faculty of Northwestern Michigan College
In its inaugural season, The Cummings Quartet is excited to invest in educational opportunities as well as performing on a variety of recital series, including the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Sunday Recital Series, the Park Church Music at Mid-day Series, the Traverse City Cordia Concert Series and the Charlevoix Circle of Arts Masterworks Series.