Musical training and harp education for Mary have included years studying with Betsy Dahl in Burlington, VT, Nyle Hallman (formerly with the Don Ho Show) in Honolulu, HI, National Music Camp in Interlochen, MI, Danis Kelly (principle harpist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra) in Milwaukee, WI, and Alice Chalifoux of the Camden, Maine Salzedo Summer Harp Colony. She holds degrees from Hope College in Holland, MI and Case Western University in Cleveland, OH.
Mary lived for over fifteen years in Romania, Austria and Japan. During her time abroad, the harp took a back burner to family and NGO work. However, while in Romania, she was able to contribute to recordings on three CDs, did live radio work and played for various public functions including one for the U.S. Ambassador to Romania.
Since returning to the United States in 2003, she has a thriving free-lance harp business, playing for weddings, receptions, private parties, funerals, corporate and charitable functions. Some of her clients for private functions have been the Milwaukee Art Museum, Culvers Corporation, Walgreens Corporation, American Club, Milwaukee Athletic Club, Milwaukee Brewers Corporation, Medical College of Wisconsin Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Elmbrook Church, Waukesha Symphony Orchestra and the American Cancer Society. She played for Afternoon Tea at Milwaukee’s elegant and historic Pfister Hotel from 2005 until 2013.
In addition to solo harp engagements, Mary is active as a free-lance orchestra and ensemble harpist. Performances include those with Green Bay Symphony, Manitowoc Symphony, Shegoygan Symphony, Concord Chamber Orchestra, Carroll University Wind Symphony, Dudley Birder Chorale, Milwaukee Master Singers, Lutheran Acapella Choir (Milwaukee), Voices in Harmony (Crystal Lake, IL), Cluj (Romania) Opera Chorus, Tokyo International Singers and Mannheim Steamroller. Mary also performed with pianist Ingrid Hanson-Popp and soprano Susan Wiedmeyer in a trio called In One A Chord. Together they recorded a two CDs.