Concert pianist Mary Hellmann is Chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Chowan University, in Murfreesboro, NC. She maintains an active performing schedule as both soloist and chamber musician. She is an avid proponent of music of our time and is a frequent master class clinician, performer at various festivals and adjudicator for competitions.
Her principal instructors were Menahem Pressler, Ian Hobson, Michel Block, and Noel Engebretson. She has participated in a variety of master classes with some of the most renown pianists of our time including: Ward Davenny, Lillian Kallir, Joseph Kalichstein, Rebecca Penneys, Theodore Lettvin, Gyorgy Sebok, and Russell Sherman.
She has presented recital programs for the Alabama Public Television series Pianists at Work, and performed in numerous university and festival settings including: the Rutgers International Piano Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Midwest Composers Forum, the Festivale Internationale de Todi, Italy, the Society of Composers, Inc. National and International Conferences, and the Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States Conference.
Dr. Hellmann teaches exclusively in the Music Department at Chowan University and believes that sharing one’s knowledge and passion for music with students is paramount in a musician’s life.
Dr. Hellmann received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Louisville; a Master of Music in Piano Performance and an additional Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Illinois; she received her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Alabama.
Dr. Hellmann completed additional graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music with Rebecca Penneys and as a student of Menahem Pressler at Indiana University. Recordings of her performances can be found on Apple Music, Amazon.com, and Spotify.