Mary has a BM in music education from the University of Iowa and a MM in flute performance from the University of Northern Iowa. She has been playing flute since 5th grade and had wanted to play flute since attending her brother’s band concert as a little girl. As a child Mary’s family moved a lot and being in band allowed her to make a good transition from school to school.
Mary began her teaching career in Reinbeck, Iowa as a K through 6th grade general music teacher as well as teaching the 5th and 6th grade band. She also served as a long term substitute for the band program. As a private instructor, Mary taught for the Suzuki School and maintains a private studio at West Music. Mary is the director for the West Music Christmas Flute Choir each year. She was music director for the Reinbeck theater guild for 5 years. She enjoys playing for churches and weddings. Mary enjoys flower and vegetable gardening and traveling. Her favorite trip was to Turkey. She also likes going on cruises. Mary lives on a farm near Reinbeck Iowa with her husband Jim. They have 3 children and 3 granddaughters.