A passionate advocate for music education, Mary Wheelock Javian (Double Bass ‘99) founded Curtis’ first community engagement program while still a student and went on to work for the Philadelphia Orchestra for 9 years as a script and curriculum writer, a featured artist for the Orchestra’s Pre-concert Adventures and Sound All Around series as well as leading the School Partnership Program. As Director of Programs for Project 440, Ms. Javian has led workshops around the country on community engagement and interactive performance.
As a curator she currently works for LiveConnections, programming a series at World Café Live whose innovative concerts expand how classical music is experienced by breaking boundaries of repertoire, collaboration and atmosphere. Recently Ms. Javian curated the 2014-2015 season for Intercultural Journeys, whose mission is to promote peace and cultural dialogue through music. Ms. Javian is also an active performing artist with groups such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and Network for New Music. While at Curtis, Ms. Javian studied with Harold Robinson, principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Mary Wheelock Javian joined the faculty of Curtis in the fall of 2012 to lead the Community Artist Program and was recently appointed as the school’s Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement.