Mary Anne Bruner
Northern Arizona University
Senior & Junior Camp
Mary Anne Bruner began her musical studies in San Antonio, TX, playing piano from an early age and cello from age nine. She graduated from the University of Kansas (Bachelor of Music in Cello & Music Theory), Cleveland Institute of Music (Master of Music in Cello Performance), and The University of Texas (Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performance). Her teachers include Raymond Stuhl, Alan Harris, and Paul Olefsky.
Dr. Bruner has played professionally for over 35 years, including the Kansas Little Symphony, New Cleveland Opera Orchestra, Austin (TX) Symphony Orchestra (19 seasons), and Austin Lyric Opera Orchestra (10 seasons). She is completing her eighteenth season with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she has been a soloist and chamber musician performing in Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Aspen (CO) Music Festival, and at various venues in Germany, Austria, and Poland.
Dr. Bruner's teaching experience spans more than thirty years. Before moving to Flagstaff in 1997, she taught cello, string methods, and music theory classes for the University of Texas String Project, as well as at Southwestern University and Southwest Texas State University. At SWT, she founded the Southwest Summer Strings Camp (now Texas State Strings Camp) in 1987. She coached chamber music and taught music theory for the Austin Chamber Music Center. More recently, she taught music theory and arts management classes at NAU from 1997-2005. She has developed numerous traditional and online college courses, has multiple print and electronic publications and CDs to her credit, and has offered international master classes and workshop presentations in Texas and Arizona.
In fall 2005, Dr. Bruner became the Strings Teacher at Northland Preparatory Academy, a nationally-ranked charter school serving 6th-12th grade students. Dr. Bruner has taught for the Curry Summer Music Camp almost every year since 1997.