Mary Pat McCurdie is originally from Brigham City, Utah and spent her childhood studying violin and classical dance. She studied engineering at the University of Utah and Colorado State University, earning a PhD in Chemical Engineering from CSU in 1997. From 2002-2015, she owned Prima Bodywear, a boutique in Old Town selling dance clothing and supplies. Serving on the Symphony Board fits well with her passionate belief that Fort Collins has and can support a vibrant performing arts community. Childhood literacy and arts education are also important to her and her family. To that end, Mary Pat has previously served on the boards of Book Trust and Canyon Concert Ballet.