Mary Kirchdorfer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and began playing harp at seven years of age. Her harp teaching, composing, performing, and scholarship is based in the Twin Cities. She graduated with a B.A. in music harp performance from Augsburg College in Spring 2016. In the past, she has studied under Nikki Lemire, Phala Tracy at MacPhail Center for Music, and currently under Kathy Kienzle. In 2015, Mary studied with Gabriella D’allolio in London, England at Goldsmiths University. Already teaching at sixteen years, she now currently works with harp students using the Suzuki method. She was Suzuki teacher certified in summer 2015. In her time at Augsburg she was on the Dean’s list every semester and participated in instrumental ensembles and sang in Augsburg’s Advent Vesper’s. In her last year she has been the teaching assistant and tutor for Dr. Merilee Klemp’s music history course as well as a German tutor since freshman year. Mary has played on tours in Ireland, England, and the United States. Mary composes songs to teach music theory or history to students, as well as for self-expression. She continues to balance performances, composing, and, musicology research, but is mainly teaching and building future harpists and musical minds. Mary received two grants from Augsburg’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunities at for her research projects in music theory and musicology in which she compared different methods of musical analysis, and also researched a gendered history of the harp. In May 2018 Mary graduated with her Masters from the University of Minnesota in historical musicology. Now, Mary is on a USTA Fulbright teaching assistantship in Salzburg, Austria. She plans to apply for her doctoral studies the year after her Fulbright.