Mary Pshonik
  • Title Cello Instructor

Mary Pshonik, a member of the Des Moines Symphony 1993-2022, earned her Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Iowa State University. During her time at Iowa State she began performing regularly with Basically Baroque (a quartet featuring baroque oboe, flute and continuo). Soon after, along with flutist Rebecca Stuhr and harpsichordist Lynn Zeigler, she founded the Lyremar Trio which recorded sonatas of Marcello, available from Centaur Records. Mary was a member of the Pioneer Quartet for six years and regularly performs as an active freelance chamber musician. 

Mary has taught cello and chamber music for the Academy since 2003 and was the coach of the 2019 award winning Honors String Quartet.