Department of MusicPLU Strings

Violin Faculty

Mary Manning

Mary Manning

has served as a lecturer in violin at Pacific Lutheran University since 2008.

She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio where she studied both modern and baroque violin performance.

Her extensive work as a baroque orchestral musician has included being a member of the Seattle, Portland, and Pacific (Vancouver BC) Baroque Orchestras as well as appearing with San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Washington DC's Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, and the Carmel Bach Festival in California.

Her performance of chamber music on baroque instruments includes many appearances on the Gallery Concerts Series in Seattle, the classical instrument Tomasini String Quartet, and the Puget Sound Consort. She has recorded for Wildboar, Centaur, and Virgin Veritas. On modern violin Mary has played with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Tacoma Symphony. She served as concertmaster for the Northwest Sinfonietta during the 2005-2006 Season. She also served as concertmaster for Seattle Pro Musica's performance of the Mozart Mass in c minor in May 2005.

Mary Manning is currently principal second violin with the Northwest Sinfonietta and the Tacoma Opera Orchestra. She is a member of the Northwest Sinfonietta String Quartet and Chinook Trio.  Contact:  manninmp@plu.edu


Svend Ronning

is Chair of the String Division at Pacific Lutheran University and Associate Professor of Music. Dr. Ronning is a native of the Pacific Northwest and holds his own undergraduate degree in violin performance from PLU, which he earned in 1989.  He subsequently earned a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University

He is one of the most active violinists in the region, serving as Concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra as well as frequent soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and recording artist.  Dr. Ronning is also Artistic Director of the Second City Chamber Series, Tacoma's award winning producer of chamber music concerts and chamber music educational programs.

Svend Ronning
Svend Ronning has appeared in venues around the world, including the Aspen, Eastern, Harkness, Jerusalem, Methow, Pacific, Rhode Island, Spoleto and Wintergreen Music Festivals and has served as Concertmaster of various orchestras including the Charlottesville Symphony, the San Jose Symphony, and the Spoleto U.S.A. Chamber Orchestra.  As soloist, he has appeared with numerous orchestras, including the Charlottesville Symphony, the Prague Radio Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, and the Tacoma Symphony.  His  prior teaching appointments have included faculty positions at the Eastern Music Festival, the Shenandoah Conservatory, and the University of Virginia.

Dr. Ronning's teachers include Syoko Aki, Sidney Harth, Jaap Schroeder, and Ann Tremaine.  His own students have gone on to other music programs at Indiana University, the North Carolina School for the Arts, Western Washington University, the University of Virginia, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Yale School of Music as well as a Fulbright Fellowship.  Several students now occupy positions in such organizations as the Virginia Symphony, the Lexington Philharmonic, the Roanoke Symphony and the Tacoma Symphony as well as holding music faculty positions at Centre College and Ashbury College.  Others teach Music in public and private schools around the country while many others are employed in diverse non-music careers from Film Direction to Law to Medicine.  Contact:   svend.ronning@plu.edu  Click HERE for Svend Ronning's website.