Mary Papoulis


For her 30th year with the GFSA, Mary Papoulis was granted the first leave of absence from the Cascade Quartet. After hitting the road on a small circuit of concertmaster auditions around the country, Mary gained even further appreciation of the amazing support and quality of her tenure with the Great Falls Symphony.


She chose an unconventional, creative path of recharging her relationship with the violin by certifying in other disciplines: 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu center in Massachusetts and six-month immersion training in the Life Arts Process at the Tamalpa Institute in Marin County, California. She returned home to isolate from Covid-19, finish her training online, spend time with her family, and pursue further coaching in Somatic Movement Therapy with Wendy Masterson in Great Falls.

Papoulis 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 Richard Matoon, and returns to the alto saxophone in John Gemberling’s Great Falls Community Jazz Band. Papoulis 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, and as a soloist with Solero Flamenco in the Houston Spanish & Flamenco Festival. 

Mary’s musical performances have taken her to China, Italy, Norway, and Cambridge, England. She has taught at the Olympic Music Festival in Washington, the Summer Youth Orchestra Workshop in Bozeman, and workshops with the Ying Quartet.


Mary 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. She is also a certified instructor of Nia Technique, a sensory-based movement practice that leads to health, wellness, and fitness.