About

~ 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, 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.

Mary is also 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's specific interest lies in renaissance dance music. In November 2021, she 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 French luthier, Jacques Grandchamp.

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Mary is an Associate Fellow of the Kirby Laing Center for Public Theology in Cambridge, England.

Mary is also an avid melodist, and released her first album of original music in 2015, Songs of Day and NightThe 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 created 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)as well as three albums of Christmas music. Her most recent recording, 'Simon's Beard,' features rounds from 16th and 17th century England, which she has arranged for voice, violin, hurdy gurdy, and percussion.

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.