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Mary Vanorny grew up learning classical and fiddle music, studying technique through the Suzuki Violin Method with John Reed and Emily Campbell, and soaking in the rhythms of Cape Breton, Irish, and American fiddle music through family in Minnesota and Nova Scotia as well as at festivals and concerts in the US, Canada, Scotland and Ireland. Mary studied Irish music with esteemed New York fiddler Brian Conway, learned Irish dance with Rince na Chroi, and joined the staff at St. Paul's Center for Irish Music in 2015, teaching fiddle and ensemble, as well as Minnesota Irish Music Weekend Teen and Trad Immersion camps for the past several years. She is also a trained Suzuki violin teacher. Mary has been a guest artist/lecturer for the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Pint of Irish Celtic Music retreat (CA), Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival (CO), and in schools. She founded and currently hosts the all female MnáFiddlers group, is co-director of the Headwaters Fiddle Camp, and teaches at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul.

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