The Hungarian-born conductor and musicologist, Mary Térey-Smith, was trained at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, and was appointed as resident conductor of the Tatabânya Symphony Orchestra in 1952. She remained in that position until1956, when she left Hungary after participating in the Revolution of that year. Canada became her home next and, after a period spent in Montréal, she subsequently accepted a position with the Toronto Opera School as coach and conductor, going on to take her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. Now a senior member of the music faculty of Western Washington University, Térey-Smith has given performances in Italy, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania with the university's Collegium Musicum, an ensemble which she founded in 1970. Mary Térey-Smith's research interests have centred largely on French Baroque opera and, in particular, the works of Rameau.