MaryAnn Fasold Poling earned B.S. degrees in both Music Education and Fine Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she held the Principal chair in all major ensembles and won the Frank Gorell competition. Attending the Peabody Institute of Music on a full scholarship, and playing Principal in all graduate ensembles, she earned an M.M. in Oboe Performance under the tutelage of Sara Watkins, with whom she also pursued doctoral studies until Ms. Watkins’ untimely death in 1997.
Mary performed in the American Waterways Wind Orchestra and in both the American and Italian Spoleto festivals; she has performed professionally in fifteen different countries. Locally she has performed with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Opera, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Lyric Opera and the Melos Sinfonia. Prior to joining the BSYO Mary spent 12 years as conductor of the intermediate orchestra for the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association after teaching for nine years in the Harford County Public Schools. This is also her 6th year as a conductor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras.
Mary has adjudicated for festivals in Baltimore and Howard counties, and conducted Carroll County’s All Honor Orchestra in 2015. Ms. Poling has a substantial private studio, teaches oboe at Goucher College, and performs as a freelance musician in the Baltimore-Washington area. She also leads the music ministry at New Hope Community Church in Catonsville. Ms Poling lives outside of Baltimore with her husband and two young daughters, both of whom are aspiring artists—one on the oboe, the other a singer.