Dr. Mary Procopio - Faculty - Music

Dr. Mary Procopio, Professor, Applied Music Coordinator, has served as Director of Instrumental Studies at Mott Community College since 2006, where she has taught classes in world music and culture, music history, music appreciation, and directs the MCC Concert Band and chamber ensembles. An active performer, adjudicator, and clinician, she has served on the Honors College Committee, Professional Development Committee, and the Great Teachers Retreat Committee—where she also served as GTR Co-Coordinator for two years, as well as the International Institute Committee and the International Institute and Global Studies Advisory Board. Dr. Procopio has presented papers, lecture recitals and performances throughout the United States, Canada and Haiti at regional, national and international conferences for the Society for Ethnomusicology, KOSANBA (the society for the scholarly study of Haitian Vodou), The Haitian Studies Association, the College Music Society, The National Flute Association and The American Folklore Society. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Haitian Studies Association and the Advisory Board for Instrumental Change, Inc, and has been a guest lecturer and performer at several universities and festivals, including: a four-day residency at Marshall University in West Virginia, a week-long residency to teach and perform at the Limonest Conservatoire in France, guest lecturer at Olivet College, guest clinician at the Red Cedar Band Festival, and was a featured guest artist for the Marshall Fluteworks Flute Festival in West Virginia. Dr. Procopio has performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinite (Haiti), Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York, Champlain Valley Symphony Orchestra (VT), Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Limonest Wind Band and Dream America Orchestra (France), and has taught at Michigan State University, the University of Michigan—Flint, and the Flint Institute of Music School of Performing Arts, where she also served as chair of the Winds, Brass and Percussion Departments. Since 2003 Dr. Procopio has been traveling to Haiti to conduct research, teach, and perform at the Leocardie and Alexandre Kenscoff Cultural Center, Ecole de Musique St. Trinité, where she also directs the Wind Ensemble and chamber ensembles, and the Ecole de Musique Dessaix Baptiste, and has also taught in St. Croix (Virgin Islands).

In 2014, Dr. Procopio was a contributing author to the new Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography published by Oxford University Press. Her articles "Crossing Borders: Solo and Chamber Music for Flute by Haitian Composers" and "When East Meets West: Takemitsu’s Itinerant for Flute Solo" were published in the National Flute Association’s Flutist Quarterly in fall and winter 2006 respectively. In 2007, she released the CD Belle Ayiti: Mizik Savant Ayisyen (Beautiful Haiti: Haitian Classical Music), which features music for solo flute, flute and piano, and flute and strings by Haitian composers. She has been a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Haitian Studies Association, KOSANBA, National Flute Association, College Music Society, American Folklore Society, and the American Musicological Society.

In December 2016 Dr. Procopio received the Excellence in Teaching Award for excellence in academic student development from Sigma Alpha Pi, the National Society of Leadership and Success. In 2009 she was nominated by a student for outstanding employee of the month for her valuable contribution to Mott Community College as an educator. In her spare time, Dr. Procopio breeds and shows sporthorse Haflinger horses throughout the Midwest and East coast. Her current music-related projects include recording a second CD of Haitian classical music, publishing music by Haitian composers that is currently unavailable (except in manuscript form), and acquiring instruments and musical supplies for music schools in Haiti.