Restoring Beauty One Note at a Time
A creative and versatile musician, multi-instrumentalist, and melodist who fuses artistry with passion.
~ Piano ~
As a professional pianist, Mary has performed solo recitals and chamber music concerts 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, which was selected as a finalist in the American Prize Competition in 2022. The three CD set features the complete keyboard partitas of J. S. Bach, as well as a commissioned work by composer Josh Rodriguez, entitled Partita Picosa. A dedicated pedagogue, Mary helps her students gain a deeper love and understanding of music, develop a vision to share live music with their local community, and cultivate an appreciation for the craft of performance.
Mary is an Associate Fellow of the Kirby Laing Center for Public Theology in Cambridge, England.
~ Hurdy Gurdy ~
Mary is deeply passionate about early music: during her graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music she attended classes taught by renown lutenist and scholar Paul O'Dette, and later received voice lessons from Ellen Hargis at Case Western Reserve University. She has performed with the University of California Los Angeles' Early Music Ensemble on baroque violin, hurdy gurdy, and voice, and has also appeared as a special guest (hurdy gurdy) for a program of French noëls with the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia.
In November 2021, Mary made her Los Angeles debut on hurdy gurdy joining the critically acclaimed
Ciaramella Ensemble for a concert of renaissance dances. She has also appeared playing hurdy gurdy on a number of albums, including Simon’s Beard and Under the Birchwood Tree, which feature music from John Hilton’s Catch That Catch Can and John Playford’s Dancing Master. Her creative arrangements weave the tunes into conversation with one another, and offer a compelling case for including the hurdy gurdy as a welcome and more established member of 17th century English dance and song repertoire.
~ Melodist ~
Mary is also an avid melodist, and 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. 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 2020, Mary formed Bard and Ceilidh: a one-woman, multi-instrumental studio recording ensemble. In addition to Songs of Day and Night, she 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).