Mary M. Boyle developed an interest in composition several years ago while studying voice for a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, Bloomington. Later, during her years in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus directed by the late Robert Shaw, Mary attended summer choral arranging workshops held by Composer Alice Parker at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Subsequently, at the suggestion of Dr. Susan Tepping, Mary entered the Georgia State University graduate program to study composition. During her studies at Georgia State, several of her works were featured in university music concerts. Premieres of Ms. Boyle’s works include a recent John’s Creek Symphony Orchestra May 2016 performance of her orchestration of Jerome Kern’s All The Things You Are, for soprano, string orchestra, and piano. Choral premieres include a recent performance of her choral setting of H. W. Longfellows Psalm of Life at Dunwoody United Methodist Church on Thanksgiving Sunday, 2017, and a twice performed adaptation of Stephen Foster’s Oh, Susanna, for SATB with baritone solo, at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church July 4th 2014 & 2015 Kickoff concerts. In the Spring of 2013, Morehouse College of Music performed Ms. Boyle’s settings of W. B. Yeats Salley Gardens, and G. M. Hopkins Spring and Fall, arranged for SATB with choral divisi. The works at Morehouse were performed by the Atlanta Singers, and conducted by Morehouse Professor and Glee Club Director, Dr. David Morrow, in the Spring of 2013, at the Ray Charles Auditorium. New York City premieres include performances of Chanson d’Atala, for soprano, flute, horn and piano, and Adagio for Clarinet and Piano, in the Spring of 2012 and 2010 Faces of Eve concerts. Featured Artists are Ms. Arietha Lockhart as the soprano soloist, and Ms. Mary Au as the pianist. Chanson d’Atala is also transcribed for cello and flute, or clarinet and cello, with soprano and piano by the composer. Ms. Boyle’s compositions include Festival Anthem on “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”, for 2 trumpets, full chorus, soprano solo, organ, and chimes. Her works also include several choral arrangements, Pastime for seven percussionists, a Fugue for String Trio, and Fantasia Pastorale for string quartet. Ms. Boyle has also written Study in Blue for tenor saxophone, trumpet, string bass, and piano, and Evangeline, a tone poem based on the legend by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, for a chamber orchestra of 16 instruments.
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