Mary Barto is a former member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Her major teachers include Julius Baker, John C. Krell, Herbert Levy, Britton Johnson and Sandra Miller. 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.
For eleven years, she was the coordinator of the Adult Division Chamber Music program at Lucy Moses School where she continues as a Chamber Music coach and instructor of Flute. She also coordinated the Young People’s Division Chamber Program at Lucy Moses School where she currently teaches Flute. She is an Associate Professor at Mannes College – The New School University, an Adjunct Professor/ Instructor of Flute at Columbia University-Teachers College, Fordham University and Hunter College of the City of New York. She is the Woodwinds Coach for the Concert Orchestra and the Morningside Orchestra of the InterSchool Orchestras of NY – ISO.
She has played many Broadway shows and recorded film scores including numerous works by Academy Award winning composer John Barry. Her Quintet, The New York Five, has the unusual instrumental combination of Flute, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Piano. All of their music was composed by pianist George Quincy. Their CDs are available from Albany Records, Amazon, CD Baby and Flute World.
2014 brought the rare honor of a GRAMMY AWARD nomination.