Mary Shemon enjoys a versatile career that includes performing and teaching across the Midwest. In addition to frequently performing with the Kansas City Symphony as a substitute flutist and piccoloist, she has performed with the Saint Louis Symphony, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and the Missouri Symphony. Ms. Shemon previously held the position of flute 2/piccolo with the Florida Grand Opera and the Palm Beach Symphony.
An experienced teacher, Ms. Shemon maintains a robust private flute studio in the Kansas City area where she helps students of all ages discover their passion for music. Mary Shemon currently works with undergraduate and graduate flute students and coaches chamber ensembles at the UMKC Conservatory. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she held the Lecturer of Flute position at the University of Kansas—Lawrence. Her commitment to lifelong learning has led her to ongoing training in the Dalcroze Method and Suzuki Early Childhood Education, in addition to the Suzuki Flute Method. Ms. Shemon is also an instructor at the Kansas City Suzuki Academy where she teaches children as young as 4 years old to play the flute!
In addition to her work as a performing artist and educator, Ms. Shemon has taken on leadership roles within two local non-profit arts organizations. As President of the Heart of America Suzuki Association, she organizes continuing education events for Suzuki teachers across 5 states, as well as an annual Winter Workshop for violin, viola, cello, flute, and early childhood students. Ms. Shemon also serves on the board of the Kansas City Flute Association. In this role, she recently organized a new, online virtual masterclass series for flutists across Kansas and Missouri. The KCFA has also recently launched an initiative to raise scholarship funds to help support educational opportunities for BIPOC flutists.
Ms. Shemon received her Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California. She also studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Ms. Shemon has immense gratitude for her teachers, Richard Graef, Carolyn Hoyer, Walfrid Kujala, Jennifer Nitchman, Mark Sparks, Kimberly Valerio, and Jim Walker.