Mary Brook Hartmann
Inspired by the performance of cellist Jeffrey Butler during a Houston Symphony educational event, Mary Brook began studying cello with Ms. Cindy Fu at the age of 8. She has participated in the AFA Chamber Music Academy and AFA’s Summer Music Festival, where she was principle cellist of her orchestra at age 11. At the 2017 Virtuosi of Houston Summer Workshop, she met her cello idol Jeffrey Butler as faculty. Following the workshop, she also began studying with his wife, performing cellist Wendy Smith-Butler. She made the 2017 Region 13 top symphony orchestra and also earned highest ratings in the solo UIL contest. In summer 2018, Mary Brook was one of 12 young cellists selected for the junior division of the International Cello Institute, where she studied with multiple world-class cellists. She currently plays with the Houston Youth Symphony as well as the Fort Settlement Middle School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Mrs. Angela Peugnet and Mr. Roger Vasquez. She is a competitive swimmer, an opera enthusiast, and a devout Houston Astros baseball fan.