Mary Findley

Mary Findley

Professorial Lecturer
Phillips Hall B-110
Phone: 202-994-9032

Areas of Expertise


Violin soloist with many orchestras, including Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Schippers.  Graduate: Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (1965 BM, 1966 MM, 1974 DMA); several years violinist Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Studied two years Hochschule fuer Musik, Frankfurt, Germany. Performed Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire on violin and viola on program with Theodor Adorno as lecturer. Teachers: Sigmund Effron, concertmaster, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; Heinz Stanske, concertmaster, Sudwestrundfunkorchester; master courses: Andre Gertler, Ruggiero Ricci. 

Appearances: recital, chamber music concerts, radio broadcasts in venues such as Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, various embassies, Washington, DC; Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, New York.  Performances in festivals, concerts, radio broadcasts in U.S., Germany; in Holland, Finland, Sweden as member of Washington Music Ensemble. Recorded works by Meyer Kupferman and Elie Siegmeister on Soundspells and CRI labels. Artist-in-Residence for State of Oklahoma for four years, supported by National Endowment for the Arts. Founding member, concertmaster, soloist: Tulsa Little Symphony. Concertmaster, soloist: Amadeus Orchestra, VA.  

Intensive study baroque music with Marc Destrube, co-concertmaster, Orchestra of the 18th Century. Upcoming: Fall 2014: concerts of 17th century Italian music. Spring 2015: finale, performing all Bach’s unaccompanied baroque violin works, Church of the Epiphany. Faculty, Levine School of Music.  

New York Times: "Persuasive...Expertly played...impressive." 

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "Big and resonant tone production...astonishingly versatile ability as a violinist."  

Washington Post: "A violinist with exemplary technique and a strong emotional involvement in the music...she produced a rich, full tone with a wide range of expressive effects." 


Bachelor of Music (Violin), University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 1965
Master of Music, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 1966
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, 1974