Mary Gardner received her Bachelor’s degree in music education and performance from Ithaca College, where she studied percussion with Gordon Stout and Conrad Alexander, and conducting with Mark Fonder and Steve Peterson. In 2010, she completed her Master’s degree in percussion performance under the direction of Haruka Fujii at the University of Connecticut. Mary has also studied at the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School in London, and the University of Limerick in Ireland.
As a performer, Mary has received acclaim for her fluency in a wide variety of styles from contemporary music to traditional Irish to Brazilian folk tunes. As an advocate of new music, Mary has premiered works by composers including Gabriela Lena Frank, Dana Wilson, Nathan Currier, Paul Fowler and David Dzubay. She has performed with several orchestras throughout the area including New Haven Symphony and the Hartford Pops. Mary has appeared on stage at such notable venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Goodspeed Opera House and NYU’s Skirball Center for the Arts. She toured Ireland with Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin in 2003 and with Pat Kane in 2010. Her passion for diverse genres of music has put her on stage with the West Point Brass and Emmy Award winners Lillias White and Sarah Jessica Parker.
In addition to her career as a performing artist, Mary teaches beginning band and general music in Westport, Connecticut, and is the Education Development Coordinator for Swan Percussion.