Mary Wheelock Javian’s goal as an artist is to use music to create positive social change in communities. She works towards this goal as a performer, curator, teaching artist and mentor. Ms. Javian is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music where she serves as the Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement. A double bassist, she performs frequently with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and numerous orchestras throughout the country. As a chamber musician, Ms. Javian has performed and recorded with Network for New Music, the Dolce Suono Ensemble, the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. A Maryland Distinguished Scholar, Ms. Javian has won fellowships with the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Verbier Festival and the National Symphony. A passionate advocate for music education and community engagement, Ms. Javian has consulted in these areas for such organizations as the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Savannah Music Festival and Project 440. As a curator she currently works for LiveConnections, programming a series at World Café Live whose innovative concerts expand classical music in terms of repertoire, collaboration, and atmosphere. Ms. Javian has also curated for Intercultural Journeys, an organization that promotes and peace and cultural dialogue through music. A graduate of Curtis, Ms. Javian studied with Harold Robinson, principal bassist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.