MaryAnn Fasold Poling earned B.S. degrees in both Music Education and Fine Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she held the Principal chair in all major ensembles and won the Frank Gorell competition. Attending the Peabody Institute of Music on a full scholarship, and playing Principal in all graduate ensembles, she earned an M.M. in Oboe Performance under the tutelage of Sara Watkins, with whom she also pursued doctoral studies until Watkins’ untimely death in 1997. At Peabody, Poling also minored in Voice, studying with John Shirley-Quirk.
Poling performed in the American Waterways Wind Orchestra and in both the American and Italian Spoleto festivals; she has performed professionally in seventeen different countries. Locally she has performed with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, the Annapolis Opera, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Lyric Opera and the Melos Sinfonia.
Poling has conducted for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras (formerly the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association) for 19 years, and is in her 9th year as a conductor for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras. She taught in the Harford County Public Schools for 9 years.
Poling has adjudicated for festivals in Baltimore and Howard counties, and conducted Carroll County’s All Honor Orchestra in 2015. She has a substantial private studio and performs as a freelance musician in the Baltimore-Washington area. Poling also leads the music ministry at New Hope Community Church in Catonsville. She lives in Reisterstown with her husband and two daughters, both of whom are aspiring artists—one on the oboe, the other on classical voice.