Mary Jane Porter was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. She began her studies in violin at age 11. She won her first solo contest at age 14 performing the D major Concerto by W.A. Mozart with the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. She received her Bachelor's Degree with Honors from the University of Michigan School of Music. While a student, she appeared on many televised sports events promoting the University including the halftime Rosebowl games with a spoken interview, and performing the Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole.  In Lisbon, Portugal, She worked as Co-Concertmaster of the Lisbon Radio Orchestra, and in the 1st Violin Section of the opera Orchestra of Lisbon. Her activities there included appearance on stage for the Opera, Wozzek by Alban Berg as a violinist, member of the Contemporary Music Group of Lisbon, and violin instructor at a music school. After returning to the U.S.A. She completed her Master's Degree in Violin Performance with Honors from State University of New York at Stonybrook. She moved to Chicago and began her career freelancing in the many professional orchestras in the Chicagoland area including solo appearances with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra, and establishing her own group now called Strings, Etc. She has made many media appearances on local and national television broadcasts. She was one of Chicago's Very Own WGN Channel 9 representing the Chicago School of Violin Making as music instructor. She made appearances on WFMT 98.7 FM performing in a chamber group with Charles Pikler, principal violist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. In September of 1998, she appeared on the 2nd episode of the television series, "Cupid" on the ABC Network, (Channel 7) as a violinist leading her piano trio. In November of 1998, she lead her piano trio for the opening of the new addition of the Chicago Planetarium. She works through many other noted artistic agencies in Chicagoland, including "The Royal Strings" of Franz Benteler. Since 1985 she became a regular Carl Linden and Artists, Inc.


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