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Pianist Mary Elizabeth Stephenson holds bachelor’s and master’s music degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. She made her professional debut in 1977 at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York as the winner of the International Concert Artist Guild piano competition. Stephenson has also performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and with the Juilliard Concert Orchestra as winner of the Juilliard School Bartok 3rd piano competition. Since then, she has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, and given numerous recitals and chamber music performances throughout the United States and abroad. Stephenson has won first prize in many competitions including the Mason and Hamlin piano competition in New York, the First Annual Gallery Salon National piano competition of Philadelphia, and the National Arts Club piano competition in New York. She has also won top prize in the Southern Colorado National Piano Ensemble competition, the North Carolina Symphony Bryan Young Artist competition performing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto, and 2nd prize in the Musical Arts piano competition held by The Society of American Musicians in Chicago. Since 1977, Stephenson has combined a successful performing career with a serious commitment to teaching. She is a multi-year honoree for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, has made television and radio appearances, and served on the piano faculty of several conservatories including the Brooklyn Conservatory in New York and the Sherwood Conservatory in Chicago. Currently, Stephenson is in her 20th year as a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Preparatory of the Johns Hopkins University.