In her first season as a Resident Artist at Minnesota Opera, Mary Box has been on music staff for La rondine, Silent Night (Kevin Puts), The Italian Straw Hat, and The Fix, a world premiere (Joel Puckett). This spring, she will be the principal rehearsal pianist for La traviata. She has made several concert appearances with fellow resident artists, as well as a performance on Minnesota Public Radio with Edward Parks and Karin Wolverton presenting excerpts from Silent Night.
This summer, Mary returns to Lucca, Italy for her second season as a staff pianist at the Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia Vocale, studying opera conducting with Dean Williamson.
Prior to her appointment in Minnesota, Mary was a rehearsal pianist for Opera San Antonio’s La traviata and Macbeth, as well as chorus master for La bohème. She was an assistant conductor on productions of Carmen and Tiefland at Sarasota Opera. She was the head coach for Wichita Grand Opera’s production of Rigoletto. As a young artist at the Crested Butte Music Festival, Mary was the rehearsal pianist for Don Pasquale and Suor Angelica. As a student at Rice University, Mary was a rehearsal pianist for Il barbiere di Siviglia and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has assisted such conductors as Sergio Alapont, Noam Aviel, Richard Bado, Hermann Bäumer, Jonathan Brandani, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Courtney Lewis, Francesco Milioto, Timothy Myers, and David Stern.
As an orchestral keyboardist, Mary has performed with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra, Rice University Opera Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.
Equally at home in educational venues, Mary organized and presented over 60 outreach concerts in twelve weeks in North Dakota and Minnesota as the Young Artist Program Director of Fargo-Moorhead Opera. She also spent four summers as a pianist/coach for Art of Opera, a high school opera camp with Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco.
Mary has presented recitals with Barry Banks in Aspen, Colorado, as well as Ricardo Rivera-Soto and Thomas Glass at Rice University.
A preacher’s daughter, Mary has been a frequent church musician at Methodist, Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic and Unitarian churches. Her appearances at Houston’s Second Baptist Church, with 63,000 members, have been live-broadcast across the Houston metroplex.
A graduate of Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program through their Institute for Music Leadership, Mary created the New York Philharmonic’s social media presence as a marketing intern. She is a constant advocate for creating new audiences to ensure that classical music thrives.
Mary holds a master’s degree in vocal coaching from Rice University, a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.
When not playing opera, Mary enjoys salsa-dancing, yoga, and meal prepping.
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