Mary is a professional musician and educator whose performances have been highly acclaimed for their effectiveness in reaching many types of audiences from corporations to the aged in nursing homes, from teacher in-service trainings to students of all ages.

Independently and as a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Young Audiences of New Jersey and the New York BOCES, Mary has touched the lives of thousands of children, parents and teachers through her many school programs which touch upon history, nature, language and culture.

Mary travels throughout the many locations in the world including the United States, Caribbean and Europe performing and conducting workshops and artist residencies. She is a master teacher with Music for People, a group that promotes self-expression through music improvisation and she currently coordinates the group's Swiss program. As an Orff Schulwerk clinician, Mary has presented at conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Mary's fascination with ethnic music arose from her youth in the Caribbean, where the voluptuous island rhythms first captured her spirit. She has since traveled to Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Switzerland, Bulgaria and elsewhere, further broadening her cultural scope of musical influences.

The focus of Mary's work is in sharing her knowledge of diverse musical styles, and encouraging others to find their own musical spirit and expression. These goals are expressed vividly in her programs and performances.

 

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