Dr. Mary Harrah

Viola, Violin Teacher

Mary Harrah

SAA Member


Phoenix, AZ
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I currently teach at Thomas and 48th Street in Phoenix (85008) and Price and Guadalupe in Tempe (85283). Please contact me for more detailed information as to availability.

I have maintained a private violin and viola studio for 19 years, teaching students of all ages throughout the greater Phoenix area. I am also Instructor of Viola at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona. Previously, I taught both elementary and high school strings for eleven years in the public schools.

My students have participated in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony orchestras, the Phoenix Youth Symphony orchestras, the Arizona All-Regional orchestras, and the Arizona All-State orchestra. They have gone on to study music performance, music education, and music therapy at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University, and are currently working as performing musicians, classroom music teachers, and music therapists throughout the greater Phoenix area. My students have also gone on to study and work in a wide variety of non-music fields, including theater, doctoral studies in anthropology, the medical field, education, studio art, history, and basketball analytics.

I am also an active performing musician as well as being a dedicated teacher. I am a member of the AIMS in Graz Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria. I have performed frequently as a substitute musician with the Phoenix Symphony and Arizona Opera since 2005. I have also performed with the Tucson Symphony. I am a former member of the Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, and the National Orchestral Institute orchestra, as well as being a participant at the Musicorda Summer String Festival for two summers.

I earned both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees as a student of William Magers at Arizona State University. My past teachers include Ed Gazouleas, Michelle LaCourse, and Carol Rodland. My BA, in History and Russian, was earned from Wellesley College. Pursuing my interest in Russian, I have taught Russian at the high school level, and at Arizona State University. In 2014, I was a Fulbright-Hays scholar in Moscow, Russia, as part of a program for teachers of Russian. (My project focused on the lives of musicians in Moscow today.) I lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, for three years, where I studied music, worked for the St. Petersburg Times, and became fluent in Russian.