Style: Opera; Jazz; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Tierney Music Studio, Owner
Mary Catherine Tierney has been teaching Voice and Piano since she was a student at Lebanon Valley College, where in 1982, she graduated with a B.A. degree in Vocal Performance.
While at Lebanon Valley College she resumed study with Virginia Englebright, her voice teacher since the age of 14. Other vocal teachers include Josephine Guido (Chestnut Hill College and Philadelphia Opera Company), Janice Rosena Peri (Old Dominion University, Norfolk VA), Heather Ross (Hood College, Frederick, MD and Maryland Lyric Opera Company), Edward Crafts (Founder of the Maryland Lyric Opera Company with whom she made her opera debut) and most recently, Dr. Thomas Houser who has made his contribution, internationally, in Vocal Therapy.
Her piano teachers include Dr. Dennis Sweigart and Mr. William Fairlamb (Lebanon Valley College), the late Sr. Winnefred S.S.J. (Chestnut Hill College), Mary Ellen Kinch (Hershey) and the late Vivian Steele (Harrisburg) with whom she began her studies at the age of 5.
In 2003, Ms. Tierney earned a M.A. degree in Church Music from Marywood University. During this time she studied organ with Dr. Shelly Moorman-Stahlman at Lebanon Valley College.
Ms. Tierney's classroom teaching experience began in 1990 having held positions at parochial schools in the Harrisburg Diocese. She has held a position as Kindermusik teacher in The Community Music Institute of Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA. Currently Ms. Tierney has the privilege of operating Tierney Music Studio for private study of Voice and Piano in the Hershey area. Most recently, Ms. Tierney serves as Music Adjunct in the Harrisburg location for the Campolo College for Graduate and Professional Studies at Eastern University.
Ms. Tierney began performing professionally when she began singing for Wedding ceremonies at St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church at the age of 15. Since then she has sung as a concert soloist with several groups including the Masterworks Chorale under the direction of the late Dr. Pierce Getz and with whom she made her European debut as a soloist while on tour in Ireland and Wales (2006), Lebanon Valley College Alumni Chorale under the direction of Dr. Getz, The Harrisburg Choral Society under the direction of Dr. Robert Lau, The Harrisburg West Shore Symphony and as a member of The Baltimore Symphony Chorus under the direction of Choral Master, Edward Polichek and Symphonic Maestro, David Zinman. Ms. Tierney has sung in churches wherever she has lived feeling the desire of her soul to sing out in praise and thanksgiving to God to whom she feels indebted for her accomplishments. Currently, Ms. Tierney serves as a lead cantor and soloist with the St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Church Choir, Hershey, under the direction of Beth Palmer. In addition she sings with the St. Joan of Arc Schola Cantorum also under the direction of Ms. Palmer.
Professional affiliations include past membership in the National Pastoral Musicians (NPM), current membership in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), The Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), parent affiliate of the Capital Area Chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association (PMTA) with whom she has served as President, and The Wednesday Club of Harrisburg, serving as Board member.
Ms. Tierney is available to sing in recital and solo venues with a special love for the oratorio genre.
To contact Ms. Tierney, you may send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-919-1008
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Jazz; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment