Meet Dr. Mary Humm

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Dr. Mary Humm is a Steinway Artist with worldwide performing and teaching experience.

In Italy, she was the featured orchestral soloist for UNICEF concerts, and performed the European premiere of the Karel Husa Sonata No. 2 for Piano as well as Elliot Carter’s Sonata for Piano at the Villa Aurelia in Rome, sponsored by the American Academy.  She also performed at the Castel Sant-Angelo in Rome, the Festival Valentiniano in Terni, and was guest artist in the Grand Gala concert for the Festival dell-Opera Lirica Siciliana that featured Jose Carreras, as well as the seventh annual “Festival de Mezza Estate” in Tagliacozzo.  Additionally, she was an adjudicator for national music competitions in Italy.

She has also concertized in Asia, performing for the American Ambassador in Singapore, and appearing as guest artist in the Singapore Festival of Dance, Singapore Broadcasting Company, National University of Singapore, and the DBS Bank Series.  She was Head of the Piano Faculty at the La Salle College of the Arts from 1986-1989, where she coordinated and authored assessment requirements and syllabi for piano repertoire and technique.  She also established educational links between the University of North Texas and the La Salle College of Arts, and assisted in the coordination of the first annual UNT Summer Music Workshop in Singapore.  She was a frequent adjudicator in both Singapore and Malaysia.  Additionally, she has performed concerts sponsored by numerous companies and organizations in Japan.

She made her orchestral debut at the age of 14, and studied with Dr. Eileen Cline and Doris Lehnert. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees under full scholarship from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she was a student of Paul Hersh, and her Doctorate from the University of North Texas as student of Tong-Il Han.  While at UNT, she was the top-ranked Teaching Fellow, was on the faculty of the Southern Methodist University Summer Conservatory, and was awarded the Pi Kappa Lambda Award for top Doctoral Student at UNT.  Her Doctoral Dissertation garnered the Mary Massey Morgan Dissertation Award for Excellence in Musical Performance.

Dr. Humm has been in frequent demand both as soloist and chamber musician, having performed at the Meyerson, as well as concerto appearances with the Plano Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the Chamber Orchestra of the MetroCrest. Among the many artists with whom she has collaborated are Emmanuel Borok, Gary Levinson, Yuri Anshelevich, Ko Iwasaki, and the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

She is founder and Artistic Director of the McKinney Young Artist Competition for high school pianists, which awards over $5,000 in scholarships. She is an adjudicator for a variety of professional music organizations, and was recently nominated for TMTA Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year by PMTA.  Dr. Humm is an active pre-collegiate artist teacher, whose students receive top prizes at local, state, and international competitions and numerous scholarship opportunities at the college level.  In addition to Music Majors, her students have gained acceptance in a wide field of professions such as Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, and Law. Among the universities represented are U. Penn Law, Peabody, Duke, Georgetown, Emory, Brown, Cornell, Northwestern, Tulane, and USC, as well as Texas Universities and Colleges.