Mary Ellen Haupert
Mary Ellen
Professor, Music
Conservatory for the Performing Arts
FAC 422


MARY ELLEN HAUPERT is a tenured Professor of Music at Viterbo University, and holds a B.A. in music education with emphases in piano/flute performance from the College of St. Scholastica, as well as M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Piano Performance Practice from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  She also holds certificates from the Diocesan School of Biblical Studies and St. Mary’s University (Pastoral Ministries). In addition to teaching, Mary Ellen was Director of Music and Liturgy at Roncalli Newman Parish from 1998-2023.

Her performing interests are almost exclusively in the realm of chamber music.  In the four-hand world, her collaborations with Timothy Schorr have included appearances at Washington University in St. Louis, The University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, Winona State University, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Chazen.  Haupert was artistic director and founder of the One-of-a-Kind Chamber Music Series (2008-2018) and the Bonfire Summer Chamber Music Series (2018-2022); she currently directs and performs on Viterbo University’s Out-of-Our-Minds Chamber Music Series (2018-present).

She has recorded Louise Farrenc’s Sonata for Piano and Cello in B-flat Major, Op.  46 (comp. 1857-1858) and the Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 39 (comp. 1850-1855) with violinist Nancy Oliveros and cellist Kirsten Whitson in July, 2012, as well as (2014) Farrenc’s two piano trios, Opus 33 and 34 with Nancy Oliveros and cellist Laura Sewell, both on the CENTAUR LABEL (

Mary Ellen’s interest in composition has led to performances and publication of works for choir, chamber music, solo piano, and art song. Her works have been performed at the UW-L New Music Festival, as well as the Out-of-Our-Minds chamber music series. Her composition, “Variant,” was commissioned and performed by Galan Piano Trio as part of their “Kinesis” project, which was recorded in Athens, Greece in June 2023. She has been published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing.

Haupert has received both of Viterbo University’s most prestigious teaching awards--the Alec Chui Memorial Award (2012) and Teacher of the Year (2014) – recognizing her dedication to excellence in student research and music composition.  She was named a Research Fellow for Viterbo University's Institute for Ethics in Leadership (2015-2016).  Her theory pedagogy, emphasizing music composition as an integral part of the curriculum, has been presented/published at the University of Wisconsin MACRO Workshop (Madison, WI, June, 2012), The 4th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia (Novi Sad, 2012) Second Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts (Athens, Greece, 2010), the International Conference on Education and New Technologies (Barcelona, Spain, 2009 and 2012), the Lilly-West Conference on Teaching and Learning (Pomona, CA), and at the Finch Center for Teaching and Learning (Maryville University, St. Louis, MO).