By the age of nine, Mara Gearman had decided to pursue a career in music. Her training included studies with Roberto Diaz and Karen Tuttle at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Pinchas Zukerman. Gearman has received awards from the Tertis International and Primrose Viola Competitions and has performed solo and chamber music throughout the U.S. and Europe. Currently Third Chair with the Seattle Symphony, Gearman has also worked as Principal Viola for the Kansas City Symphony and Los Angeles Opera. She is violist in the Barston quartet, comprised of colleagues from the Seattle Symphony. Gearman has taught at Central Washington University, Cornish College of the Arts and the Eastern Music Festival. She has recently performed at the Olympic Music Festival, Methow Music Festival and as a member of the All-Star Orchestra.