Mariana Mathewson is a graduate of Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with concentrations in Cello and Composition, and a minor in French. She has studied cello with Robin Hasenpflug of Pittsburgh, PA; Lisa Brown of Cleveland, OH, Daniel Cassin of Baton Rouge, LA and Marian Byard of Sherman, NY; and has participated in masterclasses with Dr. Dennis Parker, Adrian Daurov, Nicholas Canellakis, and FlyetMusik.
She started formally studying composition in the fall of 2015 with Dr. Glinsky, but has had two choral works premiered: “Troubled Waters,” (2013) at Chautauqua Lake Central School in Mayville, New York and “The Peaceful Kingdom,” (2015) at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown, New York, which received a review in the Jamestown Post Journal.
She has studied cello for eleven years, piano for thirteen, and composition for four. She has also been a freelance cellist since high school, and has played many gigs at venues throughout Chautauqua and Erie (PA) counties. She is a member of the Allegany Chamber Players, Mercyhurst Civic Orchestra, and sings in the Community Music Project Choir directed by Rebecca Ryan.
She absolutely LOVES working at Infinity, and was recently given the opportunity to run some after school programs at local elementary schools! Her passion is bringing music into the lives of people, and promoting the love of making music! Her students are encouraged to explore their own creativity while maintaining a structured discipline. She believes that it is essential to fostering growth and musicianship to explore improvisation, spontaneity, and exuberance.
She likes to approach lessons on an individual basis, and adapt the techniques to fit the needs of each unique learner. Everyone learns differently, and she truly believes that as an educator and instructor, her job is to help each one of her students learn to the best of their ability, reach their natural potential in a relaxed environment, and learn to love making music.