began her music career at 7 with Michael Fernino of Ansonia,
Connecticut, and performed and competed at local, state
and national events throughout early adulthood . . . amassing
over 185 trophies and awards, including two U.S. Championship
Titles, a 3rd place in the 1973 Confederation Internationale
des Accordeonistes (CIA) Coupe Mondiale, and a 2nd place
in that year's Coupe Mondiale Pop Category.
Mary founded Tokarski Music Center, where she served as
owner and Director of Music Education. Her students have
also compiled an impressive list of awards in competition.
teaching started at an early age (before finishing high
school) . . . and over the years has fine-tuned her teaching
skills by taking all sorts of music and education courses,
and studied Early Childhood Education through Kindermusik
International at Princeton University and Boston University
at Lowell. She is currently a music teacher in the North
Haven Department of Education Early Childhood Development
Program at Green Acres Elementary School, where she teaches
music for the 3 and 4 year old programs. Her students have
included many "special needs" children over the
years, and she developed a successful Kindermusik program
at Tokarski Music Center.
memberships in the Music Teachers National Association,
the Connecticut State Music Teachers Association, the New
Haven Chapter of CSMTA, the North Haven Rotary Club, and
the Arts Council of Greater New Haven, Mary is a Board of
Directors member for the American Accordionists' Association
(AAA) as well as the Accordionists and Teachers Guild, International
of The "K" Trio, Mary performs in concert throughout
the United States and internationally with her sister Julie
and brother Walter. The trio performs a wide variety of
musical genres, and has been acclaimed as one of the world's
finest accordion ensembles.
a "regular" on the workshop circuit in the musical
associations, and along with the members of The "K"
Trio, she regularly presents workshops on Precision Ensemble
Techniques, Technical Development and Virtuoso Performance
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