Mary Ann Griebling is a private teacher of piano, composition, and theory in Akron OH. She is also an active composer of chamber music, choral music, and songs.
She demonstrated absolute pitch at age 3 and began piano lessons at the Pittsburgh Institute of Music at age 4, leaving to study with Charlotte Demuth Williams. At 6, in competition with pianists up to age 18, she won a piano scholarship at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and was thereafter a recipient of scholarships in piano, violin, theory, and clarinet.
She was graduated from high school 3 years earlier than normal, and she received a full scholarship in violin to study with George Poinar at Baldwin-Wallace College, where she was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon music honorary and a charter member of the literary honorary, Lambda Iota Tau. At Ohio State, her thesis dealt with a comparison of theory texts used at major conservatories. She studied organ with Wilbur Held, and did further study in London with organist Denis Aldersea and at Cambridge University in Russian musical literature.
She is first vice-president and program chairman of the Tuesday Musical Club, belongs to Friends of Music, and serves as advisor for the Brahms and Allegro Junior Clubs. She is the OMTA-MTNA commissioning chairman, and national judge of compositions for the American College of Musicians. She has served as program chairman for Children’s Concert Society, has served as editor of Quarter Notes for the Akron Symphony Women’s Guild, editor of the Tuesday Musical Club Newsletter, has had a variety of articles published, and compositions published with Hornist’s Nest and Willis Music Company. She is a member of the Saint Cecilia Choral Society, and a former member of the Akron Symphony Chorus. She and her husband Stephen have been members of the Blossom Festival Chorus of the Cleveland Orchestra since its inception in 1968. The Grieblings and their daughters Karen and Margaret, all composers, were named Ohio Musical Family of the Year in 1974 by Gov. John Gilligan. She is a member of ASCAP.
She has twice been nominated outstanding woman of Summit County, and has served as panelist for the Women’s History Project. Her students have also won many honors both in composition and performance at the local, state, and national levels. Two of them were published by Boston Music Company with music they wrote at ages 13 and 14. Mrs. Griebling has been recognized for teaching and composition in Foremost Women of the 20th Century; International Who’s Who in Music; Contemporary American Composers: a Biographical Dictionary; The World Who’s Who of Women, 13th edition; and Notable American Women, 6th edition.
Her Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, later renamed The Four Elements,: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, was featured on the opening concert of the International Clarinet Convention in Cincinnati in July 1922. She has recently completed a work for clarinet and orchestra, Wild Wood, Quiet Wood, to be recorded on a MMC compact disc by Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, and the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.