MAX DYER is a cellist with over 40 years of professional experience in the United States and abroad, and holds a Master’s degree in performance from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. In addition to a three year tenure with the Houston Symphony, Max has performed for over thirty years with the Houston Ballet Orchestra and the Houston Grand Opera, and played in many Broadway shows, most notably four Houston productions of The Lion King. Stylistically versatile, he performed at Renaissance festivals with his world music group “Cantiga,” is a member of the Frontier Jazz Orchestra, and performs with contemplative pianist Dana Cunningham as well as hammer dulcimer virtuoso Joshua Messick. Max can be heard on hundreds of recordings of all genres: rock, folk, jazz, gospel, contemplative, and Indian classical music, including his own 2016 solo album “Inspired.”

His wife, Cornelia Watkins cellist and author, teaches at Rice University and has recently published her second book: “From the Stage to the Studio”, Oxford Univ. Press.

Max and Corky have three sons, Danny, Jeremy, and Michael.


The Houston Ballet

Sleeping Beauty Feb 27,28,29, March 1, 6,7,8
Romeo and Juliet
May 21, 23,24, 29,30 June 4,6,7,12,13,14


The Houston Ballet Orchestra at the Wortham Center, Houston Texas

Joshua Messick with Max Dyer


First Unitarian Society · 7:00 pm
900 University Bay Drive
MadisonWisconsin 53705

The Frontier Jazz Orchestra


 Lake Forest College, Lake Forest Illinois · April 31, 2020

Dana Cunningham and Max Dyer



The Little White Church Eaton NH · Dec 2020

Dates TBD