Cellist Mary Walters lives in Seattle, Washington and has been teaching for over 15 years. She currently maintains a thriving studio with students of all ages and levels in Seattle, and previously taught on the cello faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. Mary has been a guest clinician at many summer institutes including the Chicago Suzuki Institute, the Japan-Seattle Suzuki Institute International, the Intermountain Suzuki Institute, Alaska Cello Intensive, Vivace Chamber Players, and as a teaching assistant at the Bowdoin Music Festival.
Mary has performed with the Seattle Symphony and as a studio musician can be heard on Hollywood film, television, commercial, and video game soundtracks worldwide. She has also performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Portland Cello Project, Queensryche, Doc Severinsen, and Ray Charles.
Mary received her master’s degree in cello performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University and her bachelor’s degree in cello performance from the University of Oregon Honors College. Her primary cello teachers include Marc Johnson, Steven Pologe, Joanna deKeyser, and Jeffrey Solow. As an undergraduate student, she won the University of Oregon Concerto Competition and also won the university-wide award of Best Undergraduate Performer in Music upon graduation. During graduate school Mary held a graduate fellowship position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing under conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Pinchas Zuckerman, David Robertson, and Neeme Jaarvi. She performed in the Civic Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut under Daniel Barenboim.