Mary Rannie, Principal Double Bass of the Victoria Symphony and former Bass Instructor at the University of Victoria, Mary received her formal training at the University of Western Ontario. She continued her studies in England, Italy and in Victoria with Gary Karr.
Mary’s thirty-three year tenure with the Victoria Symphony has featured her in solo performances of the Vanhal Double Bass concerto and of the modern theatrical duo concerto, The Ugly Duckling, for Soprano and Double Bass by Jon Deak. She has played summer festivals in Stratford, (Stratford Festival Ensemble), Banff (Canadian Chamber Orchestra), Victoria (J.J. Johannsen Festival of the Arts) and Mexico City (La Orquesta de La Mineria). Mary is also the Double Bassist with the Galiano Ensemble in Victoria. Mary plays a double bass made by Victoria’s own James Ham, profiled in the May 1997 issue of Strad magazine.