Mary Harrah • Musician • Educator • Linguist

The Phoenix Symphony, sub/extra viola (2005-present) 

The Arizona Opera, sub/extra viola (2004-present) 

Tucson Symphony, sub/extra viola (2015-present)  

AIMS in Graz, section viola (2018-2019) 
The Who: The Who Hits Back! 

The Eagles: Hotel California Tour 2020, 2022

Game of Thrones: A Concert Experience 

Marvin Hamlisch 

Clay Aiken 

Johnny Mathis  

Marie Osmond

Recordings and Broadcasts   
 Arizona Opera, Riders of the Purple Sage. Nationwide broadcast 25 November 2017. European broadcasts in 2018.

Cinematic Pop,, 2015.

R. Carlos Nakai, Fourth World, Canyon Records, 2002 (Grammy Nominee).

George Walker, Lilacs, ASU Symphony Orchestra, 2002.

National Orchestral Institute, Broadcast on NPR's Performance Today, 2001.

 Mesa Community College (since 2007), Instructor of Viola and Violin. 

Mary Harrah Violin and Viola Studio (since 1998) 

Arizona School for the Arts (2016-2018), Director of Orchestras 

Scottsdale Unified School District (2004-2015), Strings Specialist


Guest Lecturer, String Methods Class, Mesa Community College, 2022, 2021, 2020

Clinician, West Valley Youth Symphony Viola Sectionals, 2021, 2018, 2015

Clinician, Phoenix Youth Symphony String Orchestra and Symphonette Orchestra, 2019, 2018, 2017,


Clinician, Virtuoso Violas (ASTA), Mesa, AZ, 2017, 2016

ASTA CAP Adjudicator, Flagstaff, AZ, 2016, 2015, 2013

Guest Lecturer, String Methods Class, Northern Arizona University, September 2014  

From The Ashes: Brandenburg Concerto Nos. 6 and 3

March 6, 2022

From The Ashes: Bach Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Transcribed for Viola

February 28, 2021

Grand Canyon University: Faculty RecitalMozart: Kegelstatt Trio; Bruch: 8 Pieces for Viola, Clarinet, and Piano, Op. 83

October 23, 2019

Grand  Canyon University: Faculty Recital.   Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio

November 28, 2018 

Arizona State University, DMA Candidate Recitals, 2001, 2003, 2004

Arizona State University, MM Candidate Recitals, 1999, 2000  

Harrah, M.C.W. (2005) The Sonata for Viola and Piano (1926) of Nikolai Andreyevich Roslavets: A Historical Examination, Analysis and Performer's Guide. Doctoral research paper, Arizona State University, 2005. 
American String Teacher's Association (ASTA)
Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)
American Viola Society (AVS)
College Music Society (CMS)


DMA,   Arizona State University, Viola Performance, 2005  .   Research Document:  The Sonata for Viola and Piano (1926) of Nikolai Andreyevich Roslavets:  A Historical Examination, Analysis and Performer's Guide. 

MM, Arizona State University, Viola Performance, 2000.

BA, Wellesley College, cum laude in History and Russian, with High Honors in Russian Language and Literature, 1995.

Additional Education 

Fulbright-Hays Scholar, Moscow, Russia, 2014. “Russian Teachers for the 21st Century: Maximizing

Teaching Effectiveness by Immersing into Language, Culture and Standards-Based Teaching.” Plekhanov Institute, Moscow, Russia, and University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Project Focus: Musicians in Modern Day Russia.

STARTALK Professional Development Workshops for Teachers of Russian, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012.

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher in Residence/Teacher Certification, Rio Salado College, Tempe, AZ, 2005-2007.

School of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, St. Petersburg, Russia. Viola student of Evgeniy Brodotskiy, 1996-1997.

Resident of St. Petersburg, Russia, 1995-1997.

Herzen University, Russian Language and Literature, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1994.