Chair of Musical Studies
Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement
Mary Wheelock Javian’s goal as an artist is to use music to create positive social change in communities. She works towards this goal as a performer, curator, teaching artist, and mentor. A double bassist, she performs frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, and numerous orchestras throughout the country. She has performed and recorded with Network for New Music, the Dolce Suono Ensemble, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.
Ms. Javian has won fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Verbier Festival, and the National Symphony; and is a Maryland Distinguished Scholar. A passionate advocate for music education and community engagement, she has consulted for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Savannah Music Festival, and Project 440. As a curator for LiveConnections, she programs an innovative concert series at World Café Live. She has also curated for Intercultural Journeys, an organization that promotes peace and cultural dialogue through music.
Ms. Javian is a 1999 graduate of the Curtis institute of Music, where she studied with Harold Robinson. She joined the Curtis faculty in 2011 to lead the Community Artist Program and became the school’s director of professional development and community engagement in 2014.