CELLIST | TEACHER
Cleveland Institute of Music, MM in Suzuki Pedagogy and Cello Performance 2020
Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, BM 2018
Vanderbilt University, Myra Jackson Blair Pre-college 2014
Cellist MaryGrace Bender pursues a multi-faceted career in performance,
recording, and music education. As a Suzuki teacher, Bender leads a full studio
of cellists in the Nashville area. Bender founded the Nashville Chamber Music
Society, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, and performs on a regular basis with
NCMS in schools, retirement homes, churches, and venues. As cellist of the
Zimri Quartet, Bender has the honor of collaborating with violinists Sarah Page
and Charissa Leung, and violist Tim Richardson. Most recently, Bender taught
and performed at Lincoln Center’s Restart Stages series as a faculty member for
BridgeMusik in NYC.
Bender regularly records in Nashville for scoring companies such as Sony,
Bungee, Hulu, and Netflix, and enjoys touring with local groups such as Harvest
Arts. She orchestrally recorded Mike Mill’s Violin Concerto and Philip Glass’
Symphony no. 3 under the Orange Mountain Music label which The Wall Street
Journal reviewed as, “impeccably polished.” She also performs with orchestras
such as the Huntsville Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Nashville
Bender’s extensive studies include a master's degree from The Cleveland
Institute of Music in Cello Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy, and an
undergraduate degree from The Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer
University. She has spent summers at The National Repertory Orchestra,
Meadowmount School of Music, The Rome Chamber Music Festival, Brevard
Music Festival, Chautauqua Summer Institute, and the Aspen Music Festival and
School as a New Horizon's fellow. Past influential teachers include Dr. Melissa
Kraut, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Julie Albers, Anne Hall Williams, and Dr. Felix Wang.
Bender lives in Huntsville with her husband Blake and their dog, Sunny.
Interested in enriching your life with music? Learn to play the cello! Contact me for lessons, studio classes, group classes, and everything Suzuki books 1-10 and above!
NASHVILLE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
MaryGrace Bender, founder
The Nashville Chamber Music Society, comprised of world-class chamber musicians in the area, perform classical music in different types of ensembles. Musicians of NCMS promote artistic excellence in creative programming, music education, and audience engagement. Please contact us for more information!
THE JOY PROJECT
MaryGrace Bender, founder
MaryGrace founded THE JOY PROJECT to give the gift of the arts to those who might not regularly attend a concert hall. THE JOY PROJECT audiences range from homeless shelters, to nursing homes, to prisons, with the core intent of bringing joy to those in need. To learn more about TJP, contact MaryGrace!