THE MARGARET & JEROME CUNNINGHAM CHAIR
Mary E.M. Harris is Professor of Viola at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She was a member of the Oxford String Quartet at Miami from 1988 to 2005. She is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, where she studied with Mimi Zweig and Georges Janzer. She went on to complete her graduate work at the Institute of Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, where she studied and performed with members of the Fine Arts Quartet and performed for WFMT-Radio in Chicago. A former member of the Dakota String Quartet and I Musici de Montreal, Ms. Harris has also served as principal violist of the New American Chamber Orchestra, touring Europe extensively and performing at the Korsholm, Casals, and other international festivals. In addition to serving as prinicipal violist of ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, she also serves as principal violist of the Richmond (IN) Symphony Orchestra and formerly served as principal of the Echternach Festival Orchestra in Luxembourg. During the summers she has performed at the Garth Newel Festival in Virginia. She currently spends summers performing at the New Hampshire Music Festival and as a member of the Peter Britt Festival in Jacksonville, Oregon. She is a founding member of the flute, viola, harp ensemble COSMOS, a group dedicated to commissioning and performing new works for this combination. Fun fact- she backpacked the 500-mile Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this past summer 2015!