Concert Accordionist, Mary Tokarski performs both nationally and internationally as a soloist, with Symphony Orchestra, with String Quartets and as a member of The 'K' Trio. In February of 2010, Mary appeared with the Prince George’s Philharmonic in Largo, Maryland, and has performed with the Moravian Symphony (Czech Republic), the Auckland Symphony (New Zealand), The Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra (Massachusetts), the Waterbury Symphony (Connecticut), the Bronxville Pops Orchestra (New York). She’s toured mainland China with the Mantovani Orchestra, performing both in the orchestra, and as a soloist, performed with the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center Orchestra in the full sound track for “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”, complete with the film, and with the Hamden Symphony on November 6, 2011.
 
For 20 years Mary served as Director of Music Education at Tokarski Music Center in North Haven, Connecticut, where she taught piano and accordion, conducted the choral & ensemble programs, supervised the pre-school programs, and served as a Music Educator in the North Haven Department of Education's Early Childhood Development Program at Green Acres Elementary School. Mary currently teaches accordion and piano at her home in Northford, Connecticut.
 
In collaboration with Karen Malan-Uribe (an English as a Second Language teacher in the D.C. area) and Joan Geller Grauman (an amazing illustrator/artist from Maryland), Mary recorded the narration and music for the guided reader children’s book “An Accordion! What Is That?” released in 2010.
 
Mary has performed internationally in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Scotland and Switzerland – as well as extensively here in the United States. As a two-time United States Champion she represented the U.S. in the Coupe Mondiale (World Championship) events in Belgium and France , and now serves on the Board of Directors for the American Accordionists Association and as 2nd Vice President of the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, Intl. which are the two national member organizations of the Confederation Internationale des Accordeonistes, (IMC-UNESCO), the sponsor of the Coupe Mondiale. In addition, Mary presents Workshops and Master Classes on improving musical skills, and coaches on all aspects of performance throughout the U.S. and Canada.
 
Her 2 solo CDs, “Music with Mary . . . for my friends!” and “Music with Mary . . . with my friends!” have received international acclaim . . . and . . . Mary was chosen by New Zealand composer Gary Daverne to perform many of his compositions for accordion and symphony orchestra on his 2008 CD release “Rhapsody”. As a member of The "K" Trio, Mary has 3 CD releases: "Images", "Take 2", and "Classically, the "K" Trio". For more information, to book a presentation or coaching session, or to order a CD, Mary can be reached at www.accordions.com/mary.
Contact Information

Mary Tokarski
15 Maplewood Lane, Northford, CT 06472
Phone: 203-484-5095

Internet: www.accordions.com/mary
E-mail:
mary.tokarski@comcast.net
Contact Information: mary.tokarski@comcast.net
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