Mary Havenstrite received her Bachelor of Music Education from Loyola in New Orleans and a Masters in Violin Performance from the Univ. of North Texas. She is currently the orchestra director at Robinson Middle School in Plano, Texas. Under her direction, the Robinson Full Orchestra was the Honor Middle School Full Orchestra of TX and in 2009 the Robinson Chamber Orchestra was the Honor String Orchestra.
In 2011 Ms. Havenstrite was honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for Plano ISD. Mrs. Havenstrite has built several high school and middle school programs in the North Texas area. In addition to her public school experience, she conducted the Dallas String Ensemble from 2003-2006. Ms. Havenstrite has been a regular performer with Fort Worth Symphony and the Dallas Opera. Ms. Havenstrite has studied violin with Phil Lewis and Emanuel Borok. Ms. Havenstrite is an active member of ASTA, TMEA and TODA and is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator.