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Mary Fineman

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Mary Fineman is from Baltimore, MD. She is an award-winning composer, pianist, singer/songwriter, and teacher, living in  Oakland, CA. She writes about the ordinary and turns it into the sacred, reminding us who we truly are. Her music traverses a large territory with songs reminiscent of Carole King, Schubert, and Sondheim. Her piano works evoke Satie and Copland within her unique landscape. She studied music theory with Grace Newsom Cushman and piano with Philip Cohen and Lauretta Altman in Montreal. She studied jazz at McGill and taught at Concordia University and Temple Junior College in Texas. Mary was a freelance accompanist for instrumentalists, dancers, and one classical whistler. Her music trajectory changed, suddenly, in 2003, when, she began hearing her own music, after visiting an energy healer. In 2014, she was commissioned by the James Irvine Foundation to orchestrate her song cycle It's About Love, performed by the Oakland Symphony under Maestro Michael Morgan. Mary has performed at the Paramount Theater, Piedmont Piano Company, the Marsh Berkeley, Hayward City Hall, Steinway Piano, and numerous fundraisers and house concerts. She’s a participant in NACUSASF.org and CCPAS.org, and a proud member of the National League of American Pen Women. Mary is involved in recording over 80 works, including songs, piano, and ensemble pieces. She released four CDs with new CDs and a piano book planned for 2021.

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