Academy Director, Violin & Piano
In addition to being a violin and piano instructor, Mary currently serves as Executive Director of the Academy. Mary is performing her 25th season as a member of the first violins of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. She has over twenty-five years of experience in music education as a private teacher, directing children's and adult choirs in Minnesota and South Dakota, directing musicals, and the public school setting. She also enjoys performing as a free-lance violinist in the Twin Cities area. She has performed in concert with such artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Emmanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, Whitney Houston, and Ray Charles. Mary has been with the Academy since Fall, 2005. She completed her Bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota, studying violin and English Literature. Mary holds memberships with Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA).