Mary Catherine Donovan

(she/her)

INSTRUCTOR

Mary Catherine Donovan is a soprano from Northern Virginia who has been teaching private and group vocal lessons for several years across the East Coast. Her passion for music began at a young age and she pursued vocal studies throughout her higher education. Mary Catherine earned a Master of Music Performance from the University of South Florida under a full scholarship and was the graduate assistant for the Vocal Arts Division. She also served as the Assistant Director of Vocal Ensembles, Assistant Director of Opera Workshop, and taught courses in Music Education. Prior to her graduate studies, Mary Catherine received a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Dayton and was a featured soloist and member of several ensembles including the Early Music Ensemble, University Chorale, Opera Workshop, and the Ebony Heritage Singers. Mary Catherine spent the summer of 2022 in Graz, Austria, performing as a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies. Recently, she performed at Carnegie Hall with the Charlotte Master Chorale and was a member of the esteemed Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. She performs throughout the New England area and teaches lessons to students of all ages in pop, musical theater, classical, jazz, and folk genres.

Birthday: September 17

Schools Attended: University of South Florida, University of Dayton

Instruments You Teach: Voice, Piano, Clarinet

Favorite Music to Perform: Musical Theater, Opera

Favorite Music to Listen To: Jazz, Singer-Songwriter

Other Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Snowboarding, Traveling 

Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia

Heroes: Mahalia Jackson, Lucia Popp

Practice Tips: 

1. Consistency is key! Learning an instrument takes time and the best way to help yourself is to practice regularly. By not practicing you’re only hindering yourself and what you’re capable of 

2. Play something you love every day! Whether it’s your favorite song, a fun warmup, or anything in between- making music should be fun and we always want to find enjoyment in what we’re creating 

3. Record yourself! Listening back to previous lessons, rehearsals, and performances allows you to realize your accomplishments, progress, and see what you can improve on

 

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