Mary Papoulis moved from New York in 1990 to join the Great Falls community as violinist with the Cascade Quartet and concertmaster of the Great Falls Symphony.
In addition to her own private violin teaching and chamber coaching, she has adjudicated at state and district Montana festivals, taught at the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, the Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop in Bozeman, and a chamber music workshop with the Cascade and Ying Quartets in Great Falls.
Mary has a creative performance style that has taken her all over the world, and to all corners of Montana. She has toured with the String Orchestra of the Rockies and also performed with numerous festivals, including the Spoleto and Assisi Performing Arts Festival in Italy, Big Sky Classical Music Festival, Amadeus Festival, Big Sky Alive contemporary music festival, and appeared as soloist with Solero Flamenco in the Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival.
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.
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 sons. In her spare time she enjoys making a variety of music with guitarist Rich Matoon.