A former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Mary Barto was the recipient of the Distinguished University Teaching Award from Mannes, the New School for Music. Her major teachers include Julius Baker, John C. Krell and Herbert Levy. She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. She has toured Western Europe with harpsichordist Eve Kugler and across the United States as soloist for the legendary Skitch Henderson, founder of the New York Pops.
She is a member of the New York Five, exclusively performing music composed by their pianist, George Quincy and recorded on Albany Records. She is the Director of the Mannes Extension and Preparatory Division’s Flute Ensembles and has been soloist with the Extension Division Orchestra. She also organized and directed the Flute Ensemble at Columbia University where she is an Adjunct Professor.
Mary Barto is the coordinator of the Adult Chamber Music program at the Lucy Moses School-Kaufman Center. She had given many solo concerts and Master Classes as well as performed on WQXR’s “Artists in Concert,” and she was nominated for a Grammy – Music Educators Award.
Mary Barto is also Adjunct Professor/ Instructor of Flute at Fordham University and Hunter College of the City of New York. Her Broadway credits include “Man of La Mancha”, “Annie”, “The King and I” and “Les Miserables”.
She has recorded many film scores including numerous works by Academy Award winning composer John Barry. Her work for Eric Selch’s Federal Music Society was performed on authentic period instruments and recorded by New World Records.