Mary Ann Fee Fennell
Mary Ann Fee Fennell, Principal violinist with the Knoxville Symphony, joined the KSO in 1970. During her years of musical service in the KSO, Mary Ann has also taken on leadership position that include serving as an elected member of the Orchestra Committee, as a member of the contract negotiation committee, and as an orchestra representative to the KSO Board.
Mary Ann has a large studio of young violinists and pianists, many of whom have moved on to membership in the KSO Youth Orchestra and in prominent positions in the community. Some of her former students are musicians in the Knoxville Symphony. She is an active performer in the community as a regular with the Knoxville Choral Society, founder and musician with the Dogwood Strings, and lead musician with many church and community special performances. She is also an active member of the Music Study Club of Knoxville, the Tuesday Morning Musical Club, the Knoxville Music Teachers Association, and the Kiwanis Club of Knoxville.
Mary Ann received a Bachelor of Arts with a major in violin from Muskingum University in Ohio, a Masters of Music from the University of Tennessee, and post-graduate work at Indiana University. She also studied with Shinichi Suzuki in Japan. Mary Ann is married to Tom Fennell and has four children.