Opera Coach, Conductor
Mary Box
Mary Box is an opera coach and conductor based in Houston, Texas.
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Mary Box

Mary Box is a pianist and conductor with extensive experience coaching some of the world's leading opera singers, including Sasha Cooke, Ana María Martínez, and Reginald Smith, Jr.

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.

Mary has recently been contracted by the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center as an Associate Conductor for their production of Die Fledermaus and as an Assistant Conductor for Philip Glass’s La belle et la bête.

For her 2021-2022 season, Mary was on the music staff at Dallas Opera as well as studying conducting privately with Don Schleicher and Farkhad Khudyev. She participated in six conducting workshops throughout the United States as well as in the Czech Republic, Austria, and the Ukraine.

This past summer, Ms. Box conducted a world premiere opera, The Impresario of Oz, by Mark Buller, for Houston Grand Opera’s Art of Opera. In May, Ms. Box made her Woodlands Symphony Orchestra debut conducting works by Richard Strauss, Gustav Holst, and John Williams.

Ms. Box has collaborated on more than forty operatic productions at Dallas Opera, Minnesota Opera, Opera San Antonio, Sarasota Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Crested Butte Music Festival, Opera in the Heights, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and Rice University.

As an orchestral keyboardist, Ms. Box has performed with the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Opera Orchestra, Rice University Opera Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Lakes Area Music Festival Orchestra, and the Minnesota Opera Orchestra.

Ms. Box is one of only two to hold a master’s degree in vocal coaching from Rice University. Ms. Box also received piano performance degrees from the University of Houston and the Eastman School of Music.