Mary AllyeB Purtle is an accomplished performer as well as private instructor on all the woodwind instruments (i.e. oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, and saxophone). Her students have won various levels of the Music Teachers National Association Competition for the Southern USA Division and the South Carolina Division. For the past fifteen years Mary AllyeB's woodwind students have won first chair for all three age groups of the South Carolina All-State Bands and Orchestra, with her oboe students frequently as first chair in all three age levels at the same time. Her students have been featured soloists for broadcast performances of the Carolina Youth Symphony and Greenville County Youth Orchestra. Others have been soloists and accepted to programs at Interlochen, Brevard Music Center, Sewanee Music Festival, North Carolina School of The Arts, and other summer festivals. Many of her students have majored in music with full scholarships to places such as Vanderbuilt University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. Some are now playing professionally, such as the principal oboe in the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and others who record professionally.
Mary AllyeB's written work on woodwind doubling has been cited at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Mary AllyeB also plays professionally as Principal English Horn for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, acting Principal Oboe for the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium and oboe in the Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.
Mary AllyeB's student, Ann-Elise Siden, playing on TV October 15, 2012