Mary Ogletree (violin), CKYO participant from 1963-1968, attended the University of Michigan for a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and University of Kentucky for her Master of Music and Doctorate of Music in Violin Performance and Padagogy with a minor in music theory.
She shared her love of music by being a professor of violin at Kutztown University, where she recently retired. In addition, she is still a very active violinist, serving as concertmaster for the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. She has also participating in the Bach Festival Orchestra, Allentown Symphony, SATORI Chamber Ensemble, and served as the assistant concertmaster for Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra.
Favorite Memories: Camp at Cathedral Domain created many great memories, both as orchestra member and counselor. Playing in Washington DC, soloing with my twin sister in a double concerto there. My first concert as concertmaster, and my last at the end of senior year playing the Wright arrangement of My Old KY Home as we all wept. As concertmaster, getting to be on the audition committee and hearing my 10 year old sister play her way into the senior orchestra the year I graduated. Having the after concert orchestra parties at our house.
"[CKYO] is a huge reason I became a professional violinist....it introduced me to great repertoire, gave me a huge love for big orchestral music, and showed me that in spite of a late start, with hard work I could play really well. [My friends] from CKYO are the ones with whom I stay in touch."