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Mary Ann East

Director of Music Ministries

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 and former adjunct professor at George Mason University. Mary Ann is currently the Music Director at Community of Faith UMC in Herndon, owner of Monarch Music, offering private piano and voice instruction in northern Virginia, and the Program Director for Sentimental Journey Singers, a community chorus for singers with dementia and their care partners through Encore Creativity for Older Adults.

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’s newest musical adventures include founding EmpowHER Music, developing choruses for girls in underserved areas of the Washington DC Metro area and The Center for Artistic Citizenship, and organization to help connect artists, performers, and arts educators to develop ways to use the arts for social change. The Center hopes to bring these works to audiences that may not seek them out on their own and to influence change in arts education as well as pre-service arts teacher education.

She lives in Centreville, VA with her husband, Joe, and her two daughters, Helen and Cate and beagle, Lucy.