Mary received her B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. in Violin Performance from University of Cincinnati College, Conservatory of Music. She completed postgraduate study abroad at Hochschule für Musik in Frankfurt, Germany and at Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Mary is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and has completed Suzuki Teacher Training Violin Books 1-10. She has also attended extensive baroque workshops with Oberlin Conservatory and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Performance and Teaching Experience
An active musician, Mary has performed in concerts internationally in Germany, Sweden, Finland and Holland. She has performed locally at the Kennedy Center, Phillips Collection and National Gallery and in New York at the Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall. Mary has been a featured soloist with many orchestras including Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Thomas Schippers. Her concertmaster duties include with the Tulsa Little Symphony (OK) and Amadeus Orchestra (VA). Mary was Artist-in-Residence in Oklahoma and Ohio State Arts Councils.
Mary has been on the faculty at George Washington University Department of Music as Adjunct Professor of Music (Violin) and Coordinator of Chamber Music.
Mary has been on the Levine faculty since 1981 teaching private lessons on violin and viola, and leads both the Suzuki New Beginners Violin and Suzuki parent classes. She is the former String and Suzuki String Chair of which she held both positions twice and for multiple years.
“I enjoy collaborating in a congenial community of artist-teachers, students, parents, and staff.”
Teaching Philosophy and Approach
“I believe all children and adults can learn if they are given excellent, appropriate and caring instruction, and if they have the time, energy and motivation to practice between lessons. My goal is to assist students to reach their own goals, by giving them effective technical and musical tools and creating both desire and ability to communicate through their playing. I strive to create a non-competitive, co-operative environment so that all feel welcome, important, and appreciated.”
When not performing or teaching, Mary enjoys spending her time teaching writing as a volunteer (Academy of Hope PCS–adult GED), speaking German and reading history.