Born in Buffalo, NY, violinist Mary Stephenson received her bachelor of music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Bernard Goldschmidt, and her master of music degree from CUNY Brooklyn College where she studied with Masao Kawasaki. Ms. Stephenson has enjoyed an extensive career in New York, having played in seven Broadway shows including The Lion King and West Side Story and in many orchestras including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the New York City Opera and the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola among many others. Concert and television appearances include performances with Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello and Mariah Carey.
Ms. Stephenson first taught at CUNY Brooklyn College Preparatory School, before moving on to teach at the Music Conservatory of Westchester and later at The Spence School in Manhattan. Currently Ms. Stephenson is a tenured faculty member at Lewis F. Cole Middle School and Fort Lee High School in Fort Lee, NJ where she teaches strings and music theory to grades 7 through 12. This past winter, Ms. Stephenson sent seven students to the New Jersey Region 1 Orchestra and two to the New Jersey All-State Orchestra.