Mary Beth Doherty
Mary Elizabeth (Mary Beth) Doherty holds a BA (Hons) from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and a Bed (Hons) from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She studied with Kenneth Perkins of the Orford Quartet, university quartet-in-residence, and with Tak Ng Lai playing under his baton with the Toronto Chinese Chamber Orchestra. Pursuing her violin studies after university, she studied with Marta Hidy of Trio Canada and attained her ARCT in pedagogy and performance. Mary Beth grew up in St. Catharines Ontario where she was a member of the Niagara Youth Orchestra. During her early music studies, Mary Beth toured as a member of various orchestras, one of which was the George Brown College Orchestra traveling to Aberdeen Scotland to represent Canada at the 1976 International Festival of Youth Orchestras. Mary Beth held the position of director of the Niagara Symphony Music camp for the summer of 1986 and continues to teach at the camp each summer. She has taught music/drama for 35 years with the DSBN and was a string instrument specialist for 22 years with the Niagara Instrumental Music program (DSBN). Mary Beth has been a core member of the Niagara Symphony since 1986 and has had an extensive performance background in the Niagara area, as a soloist and as a member of the Niagara Symphony, NOTL Sinfonia, Orchestra Camerata, and small ensembles: 54 Strings, Trio Arabesque and Arpegge. Mary Beth has enjoyed a distinguished career as a private violin instructor in the Niagara region for over 35 years. For the past few summers, Mary Beth has studied Celtic music at the Goderich Celtic College, specializing in Irish Fiddle and Keyboard Accompaniment. Mary Beth presently lives in St. Catharines with her husband of thirty years, Sean. One of her favorite pastimes is playing fiddle music with her three sons, Peter, Connor, and Brennan all who are all accomplished amateur musicians.