Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   Mary Hastings (Adjunct Professor)

Fields of Study:
Trumpet Performance

Degrees and Studies:
M.M., Juilliard School of Music

Biographical Information:
Since 2001, Mary Hastings has been the Director of Education and Community Outreach for the Westchester Philharmonic. She oversees their nationally known education program for grades 3-6 as well as the Philharmonic Alive outreach program for grades K-2. She is actively involved in the children's concert series, Philharmaniacs, which brings children ages 4-8 to live orchestra concerts. Currently, Ms. Hastings is involved in the orchestra's 20th Anniversary Season which, through Meet the Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League, she is programming 4 weeks of Westchester residencies with 4 of Westchester's most well known composers.

Ms. Hastings was the Director of Education at the Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City from 1995 - 2001 and was on the trumpet faculty from 1992 - 2001. While at Bloomingdale, she was in charge of the Public School Program, the Music Access Project program, and the After School Program. She developed the Visiting Artists Master Class Series, which made it possible for students as young as 7 years old to perform for members of major orchestras and opera companies. She also developed their Concerts-To-Go events, which brought music to under-served audiences throughout the 5 boroughs.

From 1986-1989 Mary lived in Paris, France where she was a recipient of the Nadia and Lili Boulanger Foundation Award to study the French Contemporary trumpet literature with world- renowned trumpeter Pierre Thibaud. During this time she traveled extensively as a soloist throughout Germany, Italy, England and France. She has given world premieres by Naji Hakim, Antoine Tisne, James Rouvelle Slater, and Albert Ahlstrom.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music in Trumpet Performance, Mary is an active freelance musician both classically and on Broadway. She is currently on the adjunct trumpet faculties of Hunter College as well as Queen's College at the Aaron Copland School of Music.

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