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Mary Richards received a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Flute Performance from Brigham Young University. Her teachers include Jean Larson Garver, Susan Goodfellow, and Brooks de-Wetter Smith.
A soloist and chamber musician, she has served as principal flute and soloist with the Utah Valley Symphony, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, and University of North Carolina Symphony and also appeared as soloist with the Utah Symphony Orchestra on it’s Salute to Youth Program.
As a member of the duo "Amaryllys" Mary recorded the CD Lullaby with harpist, Lysa Rytting on the Sanctus label. She has appeared as a guest artist at Snow College, Southern Utah University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah.
Mary Richards joined the UVU music faculty in January 2010. Since her arrival at the university she has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in many events, including a performance with renowned harpsichordist Ling-Ju Lai and as soloist with the UVU Orchestra. As a member of the Alpine Chamber Winds she has appeared in concert throughout the state and performed with the Park City Chamber Festival, including the premiere of three new contemporary works commissioned as part of the Utah Valley Contemporary Music Symposium. She is also the founder and director of the Susan Goodfellow Flute Sonata Competition.
Mary Richards and Jon Yerby, guitar have recently formed the duo "Silver and Cedar".
Mary and Ryan Richards are the parents of six children, all accomplished musicians. Individually and as a family they have performed throughout the US and also in Canada, England, France, Ireland, and Argentina.