Mary Wheelock Javian (double bass) is an active performing and teaching artist. She performs frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as the IRIS Orchestra in Germantown, Tennessee, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Philly Pops, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
As a chamber musician, Ms. Javian has performed and recorded with Network for New Music, the Bach Choir of Bethleham and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. A Maryland Distinguished Scholar, she has won fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Verbier Festival and the National Symphony.
A passionate advocate for music education and community engagement, Ms. Javian has worked in these areas for such organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Curtis Institute of Music, the Savannah Music Festival and Project 440. As a curator she currently works for LiveConnections, programming a series at World Café Live whose innovative concerts expand how classical music is experienced by breaking boundaries of repertoire, collaboration and atmosphere.
She is also on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music where she was recently appointed as the school’s Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement. A graduate of Curtis, Ms. Javian studied with Harold Robinson, principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.