Mary Virginia Tuinstra

Mary Virginia was born in Houston, TX. Early in life, her mother recognized her considerable musical talents and at significant sacrifice, provided for piano lessons at age 4, dance lessons at age 10 and voice lessons at age 14.


About that time she also started running the 50-meter hurdles at San Jacinto  High School, setting state and national records. She represented the US in the 1954 Pan-American Games, winning a silver medal after singing the national anthem at the opening ceremonies.

Singing, always her first love, found its expression as chorister and soloist with the Houston Music Theater and the Houston Grand Opera. Mary Virginia repeated these roles with the Dallas Summer Musicals and The Dallas Opera, after moving with her family to the Metroplex. She recently retired from TDO after41 years of devoted service. During that time she also functioned as local and national AGMA board member. She still represents the chorus in The Dallas Opera board.

MV shared the stage with her husband Ted for 11 years after he joined the opera chorus in 1974. Their extended family totals 10 children, 24 grand children and 4 great grand children. (“If music be the food of love, play on")

She won the national Ms. Senior America crown in 2002 and consequently, stays actively involved in promoting senior health, and quality of life issues via the Ms. Texas Senior America Pageant, as well as frequent, entertainment appearances with its affiliated Cameo Club.

Singing and being a showgirl in The Dallas Senior Follies puts the frosting on the cake for her.