~ Restoring beauty one note at a time ~
A creative and versatile musician, Mary Vanhoozer fuses artistry with passion in her numerous musical endeavours. As a professional pianist, she has performed solo recitals and chamber music programs throughout the United States, as well as Scotland and Switzerland, and has taught masterclasses at various schools and institutions from coast to coast. She has appeared as soloist with the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra and the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra. In 2018 she released her debut album for solo piano, From Leipzig to LA. The 3-CD set features the complete partitas of J. S. Bach, as well as a new commission by composer Josh Rodriguez, Partita Picosa.
Mary is deeply passionate about renaissance and baroque music: during her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music she studied baroque performance practice with renown lutenist and scholar Paul O'Dette, and later received voice lessons from Ellen Hargis at Case Western Reserve University.
Mary is especially keen to play 16th to early 18th century French dance music and recently made her Los Angeles debut on hurdy gurdy joining the critically acclaimed Ciaramella Ensemble for a concert of renaissance dances. Mary performs on a newly commissioned instrument built by the prestigious French luthier, Jacques Grandchamp.
Mary is an Associate Fellow of the Kirby Laing Center for Public Theology in Cambridge, England.
In addition to piano and hurdy gurdy, Mary also plays the violin and hammered dulcimer. An avid melodist, Mary released her first album of original music in 2015, Songs of Day and Night. The music reflects both her love of folk music as well as early music sensibilities, demonstrated in dance rhythms, transparent textures and modal melodies.
Sensing a desire to create a more regular outlet for her original melodies, Mary founded a one woman ensemble, Bard and Ceilidh. Her goal for her original music is to "awaken the child in each of us, creating a sense of wonder so that listeners will be able to recognize and celebrate the beauty and small miracles of every day life." In addition to Songs of Day and Night, Mary has released three more albums of original melodies: Bard and Ceilidh (2019), Jubilate (2020), and Visible and Invisible (2021).
Mary holds degrees in piano performance from Wheaton College Conservatory (B.M.), the Eastman School of Music (M.M.), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (D.M.A). She is grateful for the artistic inspiration and musical mentorship of: Daniel Shapiro, Daniel Paul Horn, Douglas Humpherys, Paul O'Dette, Peter Slowik, and Carol Honigberg.