Mary Papoulis joined the Cascade Quartet in 1990. She holds a DMA from SUNY Stony Brook, MM from Eastman, and BM from Indiana University. She studied baroque violin with Stanley Riche and jazz violin with the Turtle Island String Quartet.
In addition to her own private violin teaching, she has taught at the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, the Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop in Bozeman, and workshops with the Ying Quartet.
A native of New York, Mary’s music- making has taken her all over the world, and all corners of Montana. She has toured with the String Orchestra of the Rockies and performed with the Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Italy, Big Sky Classical Music Festival, Amadeus Festival, Big Sky Alive contemporary music festival, as well as a soloist with Solero Flamenco in the Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival.
After a year leave of absence and another year of COVID limitations, Mary is excited to return to the quartet position with so many new creative inspirations for her approach to music-making, performing, and community collaboration. She is currently working on a recording project with guitarist Richard Matoon, as well as enjoying playing more for live audiences together.
Mary is also a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, Tamalpa Life Arts Process practitioner and teacher of Nia Technique.
She is the proud mother of two college students at Montana State University and University of Idaho.