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Mary Alice Rich

Mary Alice Rich

Award-winning composer Mary Alice Rich began her musical training in 5th grade in the Fairmont, Minnesota public schools under the direction of Don Peterson and Linda Thompson. She studied violin with Marilyn Bos through high school and attended the University of Illinois where she received her bachelor’s degree in violin performance under Paul Rolland. She began her master’s degree under Mr. Rolland and served as his teaching assistant until his death in 1978. She completed her master’s degree in performance under Sergio Luca. Ms. Rich then played in many professional orchestras including the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Ft. Worth Symphony, and the Dallas Opera Orchestra. In addition she freelanced throughout the Dallas area, taught at Texas A&M University at Commerce, and maintained a private teaching studio. Currently she serves on the faculty of the Dallas Symphony-sponsored “Young Strings Scholarship Program” for African-American and Hispanic students.

In 1992, Ms. Rich was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia, a crippling condition in her left hand that concluded her days as a performing violinist. It was at that time she turned towards writing music. Her composition teachers were Ted Hansen, Jack Waldenmaier, and Winston Stone. For Mary Alice, music composition became a natural extension of her teaching. Her music has been performed throughout the United States and has reached audiences abroad as well.

Ms. Rich is a back-to-back 1st place winner of the Texas Orchestra Directors Association Composition Contest. In 2000, she won with her string orchestra piece, Prelude and in 2001 she won with her full orchestra composition, Overture, published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company. Ms. Rich has also been recognized by The Dallas Songwriters Association and A.S.C.A.P for her superb compositions. Ms. Rich is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, ASTA with NSOA where she received the 2004 Citation for Leadership and Merit, and the Texas State Chapter of ASTA with NSOA where she served for five years as the String Solo Festival Chair.

Ms. Rich currently resides in Texas with her husband Bruce Wittrig, a violinist with the Dallas Symphony, and their daughter Melanie.

Strings Series by Mary Alice Rich (1)

    Strings Publications by Mary Alice Rich (8)

    Call of the Drums (Rich) - SO272C / $48.00audio available for this titlesample available for this title
    Call of the Drums - Score (Rich) - SO272F / $6.00audio available for this titlesample available for this title
    Overture (Rich) - O1079C / $50.00audio available for this title
    Overture - Score (Rich) - O1079F / $5.00audio available for this title
    Rondino Gioviale (Rich) - SO232C / $40.00audio available for this titlesample available for this title
    Rondino Gioviale - Score (Rich) - SO232F / $5.00audio available for this titlesample available for this title
    Thunder Dance (Rich) - SO307C / $50.00audio available for this titlesample available for this title
    Thunder Dance - Score (Rich) - SO307F / $7.00audio available for this titlesample available for this title
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