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  • Suzuki Violin: Mary is a trained Suzuki Violin teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience, and offers private Suzuki lessons. The Suzuki Method (developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki) teaches music skills in an immersive way, much like you would learn a language. The idea is that a student hears the 'language', and begins to 'speak' it while developing skills that support it. ​​Mary teaches Suzuki Violin in-person at her home studio.  Find out more about the Suzuki Method here:

  • Irish Fiddle: Mary has developed a unique approach that mirrors the skills and techniques introduced in the Suzuki Method with a special focus on skills needed for Irish fiddling.  Like the Suzuki Method, music is taught in an immersive way, and there is a heavy emphasis on learning music by ear.  Mary teaches Irish fiddle both in-person and online through the Center for Irish Music, or online from her home studio.   You can find more information on her unique approach here

 *updated 11/01/2023 - In-person lessons with me are currently full both at my home studio and at the Center for Irish Music.  Zoom lessons for Irish fiddle (intermediate/adv.) are full on Wednesday nights, and have 2 openings left on Thursday mornings. 


  • Starling Youth Intermediate Mixed Instrument Ensemble (ages 13-18) - (Sept 2023 - May 2024) Register for this class through the Center for Irish Music.



  • Headwaters Fiddle Camp:  June 24-29, 2023 - For the third year, co-directors Mary Vanorny and Brian Miller lead campers in fun activities and musical growth through music and musical history in Minnesota! Along with staff members Carrie Dlutkowski, Eric Carlson, and junior instructor Sawyer Corcoran, campers will take part in sessions and classes, along with some performance opportunities and field trips!  Open to fiddlers, strummers, and pickers, ages 8 and up. 

  • Irish Music and Arts Summer Camp at the Center for Irish Music: July 24-28, 2023 - Norah Rendell and Mary Vanorny, along with our advanced youth musicians, will lead campers ages 6-12 in a week long day-camp!  Learn songs, try Irish instruments, listen to stories, do arts & crafts, and learn some myths and legends.  Camp will also include ceili dancing and games at Newell Park.  

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