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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Feb 25, 2022

Welcome to today’s episode with award-winning trumpet soloist, Mary Elizabeth Bowden.  Mary is an artist with a profound, genuine approach to music-making.

In our conversation, we covered:

  • How her artistic path has unfolded (3:45)
  • Mary’s creative journey to a soloist career, and a discussion of the age limit on competitions (7:05)
  • What her life looks like now, as someone who wears so many hats (14:26)
  • Her approach to staying in playing shape, practicing, and learning new pieces through mental preparation (19:02)
  • Advice for how to show up as the best musician you can be (29:25)
  • How Mary deals with doubt, and continues to craft her own path (35:40)
  • Habits that contributed to her success, suggested skills for young musicians to acquire outside of musicianship, and Mary’s favorite tool in the practice room (39:24)









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A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you.

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme.  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to pianist-singer-song-writer Louise Kelly for the introduction!  You can find out more about Kelly and her creative work by visiting