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Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly, Viola/Violin joined the Pasadena Conservatory of Music community as chair of strings in 2009 after serving as Director of the Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA) Suzuki Strings program in Newton, KS. In Kansas she was assistant principal viola of the Wichita Symphony and principal viola of the Wichita Grand Opera. Ms. Kelly received her Bachelor of Music in viola performance from University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in viola from Wichita State University. She has worked with teachers across the country including Roland Vamos, Roger Myers, Donald McInnes, Catherine Consiglio, and Christine Rutledge. While studying in Austin, she received Suzuki pedagogy instruction from Phyllis Young and Lori Scott as part of the Strings Project Program. That experience led her to start Suzuki pedagogy training at Ottawa Suzuki Institute in 2004. Since then, she has completed training through book 7 in Suzuki violin with teachers Elayne Ras, Ed Kreitman, Susan Kempter, Julia Hardie, Joanne Melvin, Alice Joy-Lewis, Carol Dallinger, and Ed Sprunger. In the summers, she teaches and performs at several Suzuki Institutes and festivals around the country. She is currently President of the SMAC-LA board.