Mary Box is a conductor and pianist with extensive experience coaching several of the world's leading opera singers.
Ms. Box played over 40 operas at Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera San Antonio, Austin Opera, and Sarasota Opera, among others.
Shifting to the podium, in the last two years, Ms. Box has participated in seven conducting workshops in the United States, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, and Egypt.
Houston Grand Opera's
"Art of Opera"
June 26 - July 7, 2023
This season, Ms. Box has been the Assistant, Associate and Cover Conductor for the University of Houston's Moores Opera Center's La belle et la bête (Philip Glass) and Die Fledermaus.
In 2022, Ms. Box conducted a world premiere opera by Mark Buller,The Impresario of Oz, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera's Art of Opera outreach program, and is returning to be the Music Director of Art of Opera this summer. Last May, Ms. Box made her Woodlands Symphony Orchestra debut conducting works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Holst, and John Williams.
In the last two years, Ms. Box has participated in eight conducting workshops in the United States and Europe. Most recently, Ms. Box studied Mahler, Mozart, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Chopin with Ahmed el Saedi with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra as the only non-Egyptian student for the Second Cairo Symphony Orchestra International Masterclass for Orchestral Conducting.
In February, Ms. Box studied Schubert and Wagner and Brenno Blauth with Sasha Mäkilä in Helsinki, Finland with the Helsinki Metropolitan Orchestra. In 2022, Ms. Box study-conducted Verdi and Rossini arias and overtures with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 with Don Schleicher and the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin. In 2021, Ms. Box studied Brahms’ symphonies with Carl St. Clair and the Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in the Ukraine, Così fan tutte with Toby Purser at the Vienna Opera Academy for Conductors, and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite at the Conducting Masterclass and Workshop Series in Chicago.
A fierce advocate for women in the arts, Ms. Box recently created The Montrose Project, a Houston-based organization discovering and performing works by women composers.
Ms. Box has collaborated on more than forty operatic productions. In 2021, she joined the music staff of The Dallas Opera for several exciting projects, including the world premiere recording of Joby Talbot's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the Dallas Opera National Vocal Competition, the Hart Institute for Women Conductors, Madama Butterfly with Emmanuel Villaume, and Il barbiere di Siviglia with Lina Gonzalez-Granados.
Ms. Box maintains an active coaching schedule from her home in Houston, Texas, coaching such GRAMMY winners as Sasha Cooke, Reginald Smith, Jr., and Richard Paul Fink.
"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity."