Mary was born in Omaha, Nebraska, but grew up in Seattle, Washington. Mary began taking violin lessons at the early age of five after being inspired by watching a violinist on television. When a salesperson from the National Instituted of Music and Arts stopped by the house, Mary asked to take violin lessons. From there Mary became a student of Walter Sundsten, Concert Master of the Seattle Symphony.
In Mary’s sophomore year at Ballard High School, she was chosen as Concert Master of the All Northwest Orchestra, which included the states of Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. Mary was an active player with the Youth Symphony Orchestra for several years. In Mary’s junior year she began studying with Professor Emanuel Zetlin at the University of Washington. Besides organizing a woman’s choir, she also sang in a girls trio that performed both sacred and secular choral music. Mary also led a string quartet that performed on the local TV station in the Seattle area. While attending the University of Washington, Mary continued study with Emanuel Zetlin.
After marrying and having three lovely children (Gordon, Scott and Ruth), Mary began her violin studio, which quickly expanded to thirty students. She taught violin, viola, cello, voice and piano. When the family moved to Tucson, Arizona, Mary became a violinist for the Tucson Symphony for one season. The family then moved to Tyrone, a small mining town in New Mexico. Mary attended and also taught at Western New Mexico University in nearby Silver City, New Mexico. Mary was the music director for a local church for several years.
Missing the big city life, Mary again joined the Tucson Symphony, commuting from New Mexico for one season. Then the family moved back to Tucson as Mary continued to play for the symphony. Mary attended the University of Arizona studying violin performance and pedagogy with John Ferrell.
Mary has a love for chamber music. Her string quartet meets weekly when her schedule allows. Mary has attended the San Diego Chamber Music Workshop.
Currently, Mary is teaching music privately, playing in the Tucson Symphony, arranging and composing music, and directing a church choir. Her east side music studio has about twenty-five students.
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