Known for her passion for performing and bringing community together through live music, Dr. Mary Vanhoozer is an active soloist and chamber musician. She began piano at age five with her father, an amateur pianist and professional theologian. At age nine, she was admitted to St. Mary's School of Music, an independent specialist music school in Edinburgh, Scotland, which offers both music and academic education to musically gifted children. It was there that she developed an enduring love of folk music and Scottish fiddling.
During her conservatory training in the United States, Vanhoozer performed in masterclasses for Leon Fleisher (at Cleveland Institute of Music) John Perry (at the Montecito Festival) and Imogen Cooper (at the Gilmore Festival.) She has appeared as a soloist with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016 she organized and performed in a ten day tour with the Brahms' Ghost Trio in Southern California, appearing at Biola University and Westmont College among other venues. More recently, Vanhoozer has formed a music duo with flutist Laura Randall, which explores their shared passion for early music, contemporary concert music, and improvisation. The duo, Pear Tree and Partridge, will be making its formal debut this spring in Boston.
This fall, Vanhoozer performed preview concerts in Chicago for her upcoming 2-CD set, featuring the complete keyboard partitas of J. S. Bach as well as a newly commissioned Partita for Piano composed by Josh Rodriguez. Recording is still underway, with only Partita No. 6 and the Rodriguez Partita to go.
In 2015, Vanhoozer produced her first album of original songs, Songs of Day and Night, which features the poetry of Christina Rossetti, Eugene Field, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
This song collection represents Vanhoozer's diverse musical range; her choice of instruments (Scottish fiddle, mandolin, djembe, and hammered dulcimer) reveals her continued passion for folk music while the melodies themselves show an influence of early French and Spanish music. To read more about the album, visit: http://www.transpositions.co.uk/review-conversation-songs-day-night/. Vanhoozer continues to write songs with the goal of releasing a second album of original songs within the next couple of years.
Vanhoozer serves as an adjunct professor of class piano and musicianship at California Baptist University in Riverside, CA. She has earned a BM from Wheaton College Conservatory, a MM from the Eastman School of Music, and a DMA from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her music mentors are Peter Evans, Carol Honigberg, Dr. Daniel Paul Horn, Dr. Douglas Humpherys, and Dr. Daniel Shapiro.
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