Born in Nashville, TN, Mary Jo Stilp currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and is active as a freelance musician all over the New York City area. She is comfortable as a violinist in most any musical genre, frequently joining a wide range of groups spanning from the New York Pops Orchestra to Jay-Z. She performs regularly in titled positions with such groups as Dicapo Opera, the Lincoln Center Family Musik Orchestra, and is concertmaster of the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra. In the new music scene, Ms. Stilp often joins groups such as Signal and Wordless Music.
She has performed with popular music artists such as Chromeo, Sigur Ros, Andrew Wyatt, Josh Groban, Alice Coltrane, Il Divo, Diana Ross, MNDR, Kanye West, and Adele in live settings and has appeared on many major television shows including the Late Show with David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, The View, and the Today Show. Mary Jo is also an active session musician and arranger, and can be heard on tracks by Shakira, Amanda Blank, A-Trak, Gil Scott-Heron, Santigold and others. In film, Ms. Stilp recorded the music of ground-breaking new composer Angélica Negrón in the recently released film Los Condenados. She also had the privilege of working with Beyoncé on her 2012 concert video Live at Roseland - Elements of 4. On electric violin, Mary Jo frequently joins DJs around the world adding her own artistic element to a wide array of musical styles.
In addition to performing, Ms. Stilp is actively committed to sharing her knowledge and passion of music with tomorrow’s generation of musicians and therefore finds time to maintain an extensive private studio, as well as teaching at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Ms. Stilp's students are regularly accepted to the prestigious La Guardia High School of Arts, and in 2012, one of her students was one of six violinists to be accepted that year into the Mark Twain School for the Gifted and Talented, one of New York City's most sought after arts middle schools. In 2012, she became a founding teacher in the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, a course outline which has the goal to set standards in musical education throughout the United States, as they have been established throughout Europe and Asia.
When Mary Jo’s violin is in it’s case, creativity is still the center of her world. She enjoys photography, sewing, writing music, and marveling at nature and the way the world works.