Marie Cole has a B.M. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.M. from the University of Connecticut, both with an emphasis in cello performance. She is assistant principal cello for the Brevard Philharmonic[NC] as well as the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra[TN] and performs regularly with the Symphony of the Mountains[TN] and the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra[NC]. She has performed as guest principal cellist with the Blue Ridge Orchestra and the Frederick Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Washington Sinfonietta, NIH Philharmonia, Alexandria Symphony, Maryland Symphony, Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Festival Orchestra, Wallingford Symphony, and the Simply Strings chamber ensemble.

She has taught cello and early childhood music for over ten years at places such as Asheville Music & Arts[NC], St. Columba’s Nursery School[DC], Levine School of Music[DC&MD], Frederick Community College[MD], Beth Sholom Synagogue[MD], Cumberland Valley School of Music[PA], Washington Waldorf School[DC], Music Makers Academy[CT] and Kol Haverim Synagogue[CT]. Marie also teaches during the summer at various music camps. She has enjoyed teaching cello, Music Mind Games and Early Childhood Music at the Blue Ridge Suzuki String Camp[VA] for the past seven summers, Joyful Noise Community Music and Arts Day Camp[NC] for the past two summers, the Peaks to Plains Suzuki Institute[CO] this past summer and has taught Music Mind Games once at the Alexandria Suzuki Guitar Institute.

She currently resides in the Asheville area where she teaches lessons and classes at her own private studio and online as well as substitutes for music and elementary teachers in the Asheville City Schools and for the Emmanuel Lutheran School. She also performs around the area at such places like Lake Lure and the Biltmore Estate.