Kansas City flutist, Mary Bassett Shemon is in high demand as a performer and clinician throughout the Midwest. Highlights from last season included performing with the Kansas City Symphony and subbing with the Saint Louis Symphony. Mary has also been invited to perform with the Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Previous positions include second flute and piccolo with the Florida Grand Opera and Palm Beach Symphony. A passionate performer and teacher, Mrs. Shemon enjoys working with students of all ages.
Mrs. Shemon received her Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University and her Master of Music from the University of Southern California. Among her teachers are Mark Sparks and Jennifer Nitchman of the Saint Louis Symphony, Jim Walker of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as Richard Graef and Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Developing tone and musicality
Finger dexterity; articulation; intonation
Building self-confidence during performance
Preparing for district and all-state band auditions
Preparing for entrance auditions for college music program
"We couldn't ask for a better instructor for our daughter, Riley. Mary is the perfect combination of nurturing, challenging, and inspiring. Riley's abilities have grown tremendously, and Mary has definitely exceeded our expectations as a flute instructor. We also value Mary's professionalism and organization skills. Riley always looks forward to her lessons!" —Heather England
"Our family has had several flute instructors throughout the years. Most have been very good, but Mary has been exceptional. My daughters have grown more under her instruction than with any other teacher. They respect her as a musician and enjoy her as an instructor and friend. As the family scheduler, she’s easy for me to work with too. We highly recommend working with Mary!"
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