Our Instructors Cont.

Violin Teacher Biography

Adrianna Mittler has been playing violin since the 5th grade.  She started through the public school program at Washington and her playing continued to blossom through private teachers and many outside musical activities including the St. Charles Community Symphonic Youth Orchestra, playing for numerous musicals, and receiving superior ratings at the District Solo and Ensemble Festival. 

Mrs. Mittler has completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Violin Performance at Lindenwood University.  During her time at Lindenwood, Mrs. Mittler was the concertmaster of the Lindenwood Orchestra, 1st violin of the Lindenwood Quartet and performed two recitals under the direction of Susie Thierbach.  She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Missouri Baptist. 

Mrs. Mittler is in her fifth season performing with the Saint Louis Philharmonic Orchestra.  This Orchestra performs concerts throughout the year with a variety of music from Baroque to Modern.

Outside of teaching, Mrs. Mittler actively leads and participates in organizations including the Missouri Music Educators Association and is a member of the Kappa Nu Chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for women. 

Piano Instructor Biography

 Mary Varni’s first memories of music were with her grandma, who taught Mary and her sisters how to play fun tunes on the piano. Her dad was also instrumental in encouraging a love of music in his daughters; Mary was part of the band and helped lead singing at St. Francis Borgia Parish in grade school and junior high. 

In fifth grade, Mary enrolled in private piano lessons with Mrs. Jacqueline Miller, Washington. “Aunt Jackie” challenged Mary to broaden her musical studies beyond weekly lessons. With her encouragement, Mary attended master’s classes, played at recitals, entered local and state piano competitions and shared her gift of music with the community. 
As Mary’s creative interests grew, music remained an important part of her life. While she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Culver-Stockton College, she continued taking private piano lessons, singing in the campus choir, participating in recitals and playing piano at college and church events. 
Over the years, Mary has been invited to play piano and sing at weddings, and she has served as a song leader and choir member at several Catholic parishes. She currently accompanies the Immaculate Conception Parish Children’s Choir, directed by Nora Bellows, and sings second soprano in the Washington Civic Chorus.
Mary enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate pianists of any age; her current students range from kindergarten students to grandparents. She wants to not only help her students improve their abilities, but also encourage them to love and appreciate music. She has been teaching piano since 2009, and joined the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 2014. 

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