Mary Rowell (Violin/Viola) is a freelance professional musician and teacher in the Portland area. Mary’s violin playing has been described as “brilliant” by Anne Voegtlin of the Columbian. Collaborations include performing with Andy Stein of Prairie Home Companion, Al Stewart and Thomas Rheingans (live from the Fries). In May 2016 Mary was invited to perform in a music festival in Unalaska, Alaska with cellist Ashley Peck. They played 3 days of recitals and masterclasses.
As a freelancer, she plays many styles including, period playing (baroque violin and viola) and Gypsy Jazz. Currently, Mary is Concertmaster of the Bach Cantata Choir Orchestra, plays with many regional theaters and is in a violin duo with Tatiana Kolchanova. Past performances have been with the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival (with the Portland Baroque Orchestra) and Portland Center Stage.
Mary received her Masters in Music from Portland State studying with Carol Sindell. She lives in Southeast Portland with her piano-technician husband, cats, chickens and bees.