Mary Findley

Photo of Professor Mary Findley
Adjunct Professor of Music,
Music Program
B144 Phillips Hall
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Mary Findley has been featured as a violin soloist with many orchestras, including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Schippers. She appears frequently in recital, in chamber music concerts, and in radio broadcasts in venues such as the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, the Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art and various embassies in Washington DC, and Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York. She has performed in festivals, concerts and radio broadcasts and given master classes in many US states, in Canada, Germany, Holland, Finland and Sweden. She has recorded works by Meyer Kupferman and Elie Siegmeister on the Soundspells and CRI labels. 

She was the first to perform all six solo violin works by J.S. Bach on baroque violin in Washington DC and continues to research and present chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries with colleagues on period instruments in concert series and festivals. She also performs as a solo and continuo harpsichordist and baroque dancer.

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."

Cincinnati Post: "A first-class concert artist: poise, self-confidence, a bounty of talent and, perhaps most important, a musical personality that comes across in everything she plays."

Current Research

Research specialties: 20th century American music. Contemporary music. Baroque music and dance.


BA of Music '65, MA of Music '66, Doctor of Musical Arts '74 University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Professional Organizations

American String Teachers Association, Chamber Music America, Early Music America, Viola da Gamba Society of America, Historical Keyboard Society of North America.