Mary E.M. Harris,
Associate Professor of Viola is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied with Mimi Zweig and Georges Janzer. She went on to complete her graduate work at the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she also studied and performed with members of the Fine Arts Quartet and concertized for WFMT-Radio in Chicago. A former member of the Dakota String Quartet and I Musici de Montreal, Ms. Harris has also served as violist of the Oxford String Quartet and principal violist of the South Dakota and Fox Valley Symphonies and the New American Chamber Orchestra, touring Europe extensively and performing at the Korsholm, Casals, and other international festivals. She has performed with the Garth Newell Chamber Players in Virginia and served as principal viola with the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg. During the summer she performs as a member of the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon, and the New Hampshire Music Festival in Plymouth. She is principal violist of the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio and founding member of COSMOS, a flute, harp, viola trio committed to commissioning new works for this combination.