The Cummings Quartet

The Cummings 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 serves as teachers and artistic representatives of the Gerber program throughout the region.

The Cummings Quartet is committed to mentoring students by demonstrating the art of performance and engaging in a variety of teaching activities, including The Cummings Quartet Chamber Music Camp. The resident ensemble of the DGSP has performed throughout the region, including for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra Sunday Recital Series, the Park Church (Grand Rapids) Music at Mid-day Series, the Traverse Symphony Cordia Concert Series and at the historic Cheboygan Opera House.

Ensemble Members

David Reimer

David Reimer

First Violinist

David Reimer is the Director of the Dorothy Gerber Strings Program and serves as the quartet’s first violinist. He has degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Ohio State University and recently was a professor of violin and Director of String Studies at Calvin College.

Rodrigo Quintana


Rodrigo Zafani Quintana started his career in music in Sorocaba in 2004. He attended Brazil's best institutions, including the Conservatory of Music and Drama, "Dr. Carlos de Campos" in Tatui, and the School of Music of the State of Sao Paulo. His primary teachers and mentors at those schools are Graziella Pagotto and Emmanuelle Baldini. Quintana has recently finished his Master's degree in music performance under the tutelage of Dr. Laura Talbott-Clark at Oklahoma State University. Rodrigo received the Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation Fellowship in String Orchestral Performance in 2021 with the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Rodrigo has been teaching since 2012 in private studio and music school settings. Mr. Quintana has taught students from all ages, from six years to fifty-three years. His teaching philosophy brings the concept of an infinite learning process that connects with personal growth. Rodrigo is currently in the process of acquiring a comprehensive Suzuki teaching certification.

Dr. Benjamin Wu


Dr. Benjamin Wu is the Assistant Director of the DGSP and is the violist for The Cummings Quartet. Dr. Wu is a teacher, performer, improvisor and world traveler. He has performed in music festivals and events around the world, including the Nasimi music festival in Azerbaijan, the Pohoda festival in Slovakia, and at the Sydney Opera House in Australia; He has taught in several cities in the United States, where he served as Upper Strings Director for HomerOpus in Alaska; as well as Afghanistan, where he served as Artistic Director for the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.


Elizabeth Bert


Elizabeth 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.