About Mary


Mary Horst has been playing cello since the fifth grade, and studying music in some way since the age of three. An Atlanta native, she studied cello performance at Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Mary’s truest love is chamber music, and she has performed in ensembles from duet to octet and everything in between. She is a founding member of Clairemont Strings, a performing string trio in the Atlanta area. She was assistant principal of the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Mark Cedel and also has performed with the symphony orchestras of Albany, Augusta, Macon, Valdosta, and Rome, GA. While continuing her work in classical music, Mary has enjoyed venturing into the worlds of musical theatre and opera, and has performed at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville, Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, and Capital City Opera Company. She has toured in China with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra, performing music from film and television. Mary's major teachers have been Daniel Laufer, David Starkweather, Martha Gerschefski, and Emilio Colon, and she has trained in the Suzuki Method with Melissa Kraut. Mary teaches elementary cello classes and middle school orchestra at the Waldorf School of Atlanta, and gives private lessons at the Suzuki Talent Education Program of Atlanta and The Galloway School. She loves to travel and recently spent a month teaching English and Math in Jaipur, India. After she finishes teaching for the day, you might find her taking yoga or ballet class or practicing while her dog, Dolly, sleeps under the chair.

Mary brings more than musical talent to every
engagement. The values she brought to my event were eloquence,
transparency, relatability, maturity, and supreme craftsmanship.
— La Detra, Founder, Awesome Life Ministries