Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement
A passionate advocate for music education, Mary Wheelock Javian founded Curtis’ first community engagement program while still a student and went on to work for the Philadelphia Orchestra for nine years as a script and curriculum writer, a featured artist for the Orchestra’s Pre-concert Adventures and Sound All Around series, and leader of 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.
Ms. Javian has worked 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 she curated the 2014–15 season for Intercultural Journeys, whose mission is to promote peace and cultural dialogue through music. A double bassist, performs with the Philadelphia Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and Network for New Music. At Curtis she studied with Harold Robinson, principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Ms. Javian joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2012 to lead the Community Artist Program and became the school’s director of professional development and community engagement in 2014.