Mary Ann East (DMA, Boston University; MM, George Mason University; BME, Indiana University) has taught music to ages 3-93. She is a former Fairfax County Public School music teacher where she taught elementary general music through high school choir. Mary Ann is currently the Music Director at Community of Faith UMC in Herndon, adjunct professor at George Mason University, and owner of Monarch Music, offering private piano and voice instruction in northern Virginia.
Mary Ann has also adjudicated and guest conducted throughout the state of Virginia. In 2013 she founded Capital Harmonia, a local women’s chorus whose mission is to bring music composed by women and for women’s voices to the DC area through partnerships with local women’s organizations.
Mary Ann researched gender constructions in the high school choral classroom for her dissertation towards her DMA in Music Education through Boston University. She is also developed an online course for GMU’s Master of Music program called The Music Teacher and the IEP, designed to educate music teachers about students with various disabilities and how to support their Individual Educational Plans in the music classroom.
Mary Ann began her work with Encore in the fall of 2018, conducting the Encore Chorale at Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads. In February 2019, Mary Ann completed a Certificate of Achievement in Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives through University College London and Created Out of Mind. Mary Ann is excited to launch Encore’s Sentimental Journey Singers program for those with dementia and their care partners and help fulfill Encore’s mission of lifelong singing.
She lives in Aldie, VA with her husband, Joe, and her two daughters, Helen and Cate and beagle, Lucy.