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 seeks to reach every child through music and prides herself in her students.  Bender teaches privately in Nashville and is on faculty at Union University.  As an avid collaborative and chamber musician, Bender recently founded the Nashville Chamber Music Society and performs frequently with the ensemble in and around Nashville.  Other recent performance highlights include a concert with the McDuffie Center for Strings in Carnegie Hall, concerts as Young Artist for The Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, and orchestrally recording under Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music label which The Wall Street Journal reviewed as, “impeccably polished.”  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, and Dr. Felix Wang.  A recipient of the James T. McAfee, Jr. Endowed Vision and Leadership Scholarship, Bender passionately promotes the arts at a grassroots level by teaching and performing in schools, retirement homes, homeless shelters, and concert halls alongside her professional performances and recording projects.  Bender enjoys teaching English to international students through her own company, Talk2Crew, spending an evening playing chamber music with friends, and anything outdoors.




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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!



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!  

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