Hornist Mary Lee trained at the University of Toronto, in the city where she was born and raised. Her primary teachers were Wayne Jeffrey, Eugene Rittich, and Iman Soetemann at the Utrecht Conservatory, where Mary studied after completing her undergraduate degree. She received further training during summers at the Banff Centre and the Freiburg Hochschule. Thanks to her horn, Mary has travelled to many parts of the world, and she played a season with the Israel Sinfonietta before joining Symphony Nova Scotia in 1989.
In addition to performing, Mary greatly enjoys working with horn students of all ages and continues her learning through teaching at the Maritime Conservatory, at Acadia University where she is on the faculty, as a coach of the NSYO horn section, and at schools and music camps throughout the province. Mary is also a founding member of the woodwind quintet Fifth Wind, and playing with this group has led to many wonderful and diverse adventures in chamber music.
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