[Mary] has the knowledge and ability to communicate the finer points of foreign language pronunciation and interpretation...[Her] musical experience is both wide and broad, with many styles and techniques and sounds as part of her musical arsenal...Her knowledge of pedagogical points of voice training is obvious and extensive, and I would not hesitate to recommend her as a voice teacher or coach for students who are anywhere between beginners and advanced performers...If it has to do with vocal training, solo performance, choral techniques, choral performances, or choral direction, Mary Chapman has the training and experience necessary to excel in them all."
~ Neal S. Frederiksen (Music Department Head (retired) - Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, MO)
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Ms. Chapman [has been featured] as a soloist on a number of occasions [for the St. Louis Chamber Chorus]. Particularly notable was her stunning, moving work in the choir's 50th season (2005) as the soloist in Aaron Copland's complex motet for soprano and chorus, In the Beginning. [As assistant conductor], she impressed me with...her effectiveness in conducting the choir at a high level. To step into this role requires careful advance planning for productive rehearsal time; superb conducting [of] rehearsals, demonstrating excellent vocal production techniques; and outstanding presence and execution at performance time. The concerts under Mary's direction were critically acclaimed by the press....[She] is an outstanding musician...Her talents and skills suit her as a voice teacher.
~ Linda Ryder (Executive Director, St. Louis Chamber Chorus)
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While working under Mary’s musical direction, I have found her to be both consistent and creative in her correction of vocal techniques. Her rehearsal technique is effective with both seasoned singers and those new to music. [Singers] respond well to Mary’s sense of humor and obvious expertise on vocal music. Her passion for music is inspirational.
~ Megan T. Roland (Choral Music Department - Parkway West Middle School)