Mary Woodmansee Green
Mary Woodmansee Green is celebrating her 24th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Kennett Symphony of Chester County. An accomplished orchestral, ballet, opera and choral conductor, she is also Music Director and Conductor of the The Mary Green Singers and was Music Director and Conductor of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for 13 years.
Maestra Green possesses the attributes of the best music directors: musical vision, clarity in communication, and the ability to draw the best out of her players. In short, she continually puts on memorable performances. She is also an active and dynamic speaker and advocate for orchestral music and music education.
The Wilmington News-Journal wrote:
“It's practically incontestable that...Mary Woodmansee Green produced one of the best concerts of any season. Here's a musician of style, grace, and intelligence. Even her concert notes preceding each selection were produced with clarity, brevity and charm. Maestra Green's program was every bit as carefully planned as the rest of her relaxed, well-rehearsed concert...the Orchestra never sounded better... It almost appeared that each succeeding number was designed to supersede the excellence of all that had gone before. The key to the entire afternoon was that elusive commodity - emotion. Conductor [Green]…produced a heralding sound which was both triumphant and ethereal. ...I walked away with a feeling of having been present at a real event.”
The Island Packet wrote:
“At the heart of Green's success is programming of uncommon scope and variety. ...Green's podium style is vigorous, with crystal-clear stick-work and expressive body language. ...Green punctuated the concert with cogent commentary.”
This season’s “Art and Music” theme incorporates pieces inspired by art, from Franz Liszt’s diabolical Totentanz to Mussorgsky’s well-known Pictures at an Exhibition.
Mary Woodmansee Green grew up in Newark, Delaware. After directing her own madrigal group in high school, she pursued music as a career, beginning at the University of Delaware. Getting a solid liberal arts education along with her piano major, she was also an active thespian and part of a European USO tour. A Master’s degree in conducting at Temple University followed, after which she honed her conducting skills at the Ambler Summer Institute with the Pittsburgh Symphony and at the Aspen Music Institute, along with conductor workshops with several internationally recognized Maestros.
Maestra Green has conducted the Delaware County Symphony, European Symposium for Choral Masterworks with members of the Vienna Philharmonic, members of the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, the Fairbanks Symphony, Independence Sinfonia, Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Lansdowne Symphony, Newark Symphony, Ocean City Pops, Old York Road Symphony, Orchestre de Ste. Louis en l'Île, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony, Westfield Symphony Orchestra, West London Sinfonia, Wilmington Orchestra, professional, community and festival orchestras and choruses in Europe, the United Kingdom and the Middle East, at Philadelphia's Academy of Music and Mann Music Center, New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington's Kennedy Center and Wilmington's Grand Opera House. She has worked with such outstanding conductors as Eugene Ormandy, Zubin Mehta, Sergiu Comissiona, William Smith and Peter Nero.