Mary Feinsinger has a Master’s Degree in Voice from The Juilliard School. She has taught professionally for over 25 years, and specializes in the pedagogy of popular vocal technique and styles. Her eclectic, individualized approach to vocal instruction reflects her wide-ranging experience as performer and music director. She has extensive experience in teaching opera, and applies classical breathing techniques to other singing styles: rock, pop, musical theatre belt and legit and offers intensive work on smoothing vocal registers.
She is an accomplished vocal coach and choral director, and offers intensive diction coaching in Italian, French, German, Spanish, Yiddish, and Hebrew.
She specializes in teaching sight-reading.
In addition, she offers theory, piano instruction, and piano instruction tailored specifically to singers.
For the past five years, she has been affiliated with AND-Vision in Tokyo, for whom she teaches American singing styles to Japanese students.
She is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing, the New York Singing Teachers’ Association, and the New York Singing Teachers’ Association (New York City).
Mary offers long-distance instruction via Skype and other media, and is able to work with students who are unable to travel to New York City.
MARY FEINSINGER (www.maryfeinsinger.com) is conductor/arranger for the “Broadway at the 92 Y” Chorus at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, for which she has created dozens of new SATB arrangements. She has music directed many shows in New York and regional theatres—most recently, Hell’s Belles (a Tweiss Production), A Letter To Harvey Milk, (with Leslie Kritzer and Marc Jacoby), and Shlomo, at Lincoln Center. She recently led a master class on “Musical Theatre since Rent” at Brown University.
A composer/lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, her musical Go Green! (with Joan Ross Sorkin) was chosen in 2012 as the first production ever for the New York Children’s Theater Festival and received honorable mention in the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing contest. She composed and arranged music for Lisa Ferber’s web-based musical, The Sisters Plotz (2012). Her musical Understood Betsy (book and lyrics by Stacey Luftig) was the 12th Annual National Children’s Theatre Festival winner, and was performed at the Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables. It also was a First Place winner in the Jackie White contest. Her musical Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys Invent Vermont (book and lyrics by Ed Weissman) was the inaugural production at the Mack Performing Arts Center in Arlington, Vermont in 2008. With lyricist Cheryl B. Davis, she presented a suite of songs in 2008 from the rock musical The Ballad of Rom ‘n’ Julz at the Dramatists Guild in New York.
She is working on two new shows: The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez, based on the story by René Colato Laínez, and Oddly Enough, with David Arthur. Her theatre compositions appear in the newly released Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers.
She has won many awards for her compositions—including the first Outside the Bachs choral anthem competition held in Fort Worth, the Diana Barnhart American Song Competition (twice), and the Shalshelet Competition in Washington, D.C (twice). She received a 2006 Composition Grant from The Children’s Aid Society Chorus, and an ASCAP Plus Award for both 2008 and 2009.
As co-founder, vocalist, and keyboard artist of the West End Klezmorim, she performed at Carnegie Hall, The White House, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and St. Peter's Jazz Church. Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion praised her "unique talent," The New York Times called her "the world's greatest Yiddish scat singer.” She co-wrote music and lyrics and performed in the off-Broadway revue Hot Klezmer, and composed the score for the feature film The Apology.
She is well known as a composer/arranger of Jewish music. Her compositions are featured in the just-released Directory of Contemporary Musical Theatre Writers. In 2011, she published Jewish Wedding Music: Processionals and Recessionals, a collection of instrumental music for the Jewish wedding ceremony (available on Amazon, for more information Jewish Wedding Music), which is the companion volume to her definitive collection of vocal music, Kol Dodi: Jewish Music for Weddings (Amazon). For Transcontinental Music Company, she also arranged and produced the recording Songs from a Passover Haggadah, and was an editor and music director for Shirei T'shuvah - Songs of Repentance.
Born in New York City, she is a graduate of Barnard College, and has a Master’s Degree in voice from The Juilliard School. A member of the Extension Division voice faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York, she was for many years on the piano-accompanying staff at Juilliard.
On the board of directors of the American Society for Jewish Music, she serves as cantor for the Rossmoor Jewish Congregation near Princeton.
A member of NATS and NYSTA, ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and the Guild of Temple Musicians, she maintains an active private studio in New York for vocal instruction, vocal coaching, theory, and piano.