Mary Box – conductor

General information

Mary Box has played over forty operatic productions throughout the United States. In February of 2021, Mary joins the music staff of Dallas Opera for the world premiere of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly with Emmanuel Villaume and Tosca with Keri-Lynn Watson and Le nozze di Figaro with Lidiya Yankovskaya.

Mary recently spent two seasons at Minnesota Opera playing nine operas, including two world premieres (The Fix and Edward Tulane) as a resident artist. She has also been on the music staffs of Opera San Antonio (chorusmaster), Sarasota Opera (assistant conductor), Wichita Grand Opera (head coach), Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera in the Heights (chorusmaster), Fargo- Moorhead Opera (assistant conductor), and Rice University.

As an orchestral keyboardist, Mary has performed with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Crested Butte Music Festival Orchestra, Rice University Opera Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.

Mary has presented recitals with Karin Wolverton in Minnesota, and Barry Banks in Aspen, Colorado, as well as Ricardo Rivera-Soto and Thomas Glass in Houston, Texas.

A strong supporter of music education, Mary organized and presented over 60 outreach concerts as the Young Artist Program Director of Fargo-Moorhead Opera. She spent four summers as a pianist and coach for Art of Opera, a high school opera camp with Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco. She also spent a summer on staff in Lucca, Italy playing for the Accademia Vocale Lorenzo Malfatti.

Mary holds a master’s degree in vocal coaching from Rice University, a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music.