Mary Woodmansee Green founded The Mary Green Singers in Philadelphia in 1986 and led them in concerts in the US, Canada, Europe and the Middle East with major symphony orchestras as well as in intimate a cappella concerts. She has continued her choral work in the Lowcountry with the 30-40 voice Mary Green Chorale – men’s, women’s and mixed ensembles singing a wide variety of choral literature – since 2012.
From it’s first concert on Hilton Head Island in February, 2012 - “This Shining Night” benefitting NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness), to the exciting 2018-19 season – the MGC has performed such varied programs as a BachFest, Songs of War and Peace, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Veteran’s Day tributes, Latin music, Love Songs, Songs of the Sea – benefitting several other very worthy charities: Deep Well, Backpack Buddies, Habitat for Humanity, The Mercy Mission of Hardeeville, Junior Jazz Foundation, Presbyterian day School Scholarships and the American Guild of Organists.
The singers in the Chorale are from all over the country – and have happily chosen the Lowcountry as their home. They bring with them years of experience and knowledge of repertoire from many different ensembles – college and church choirs, community choruses and symphony orchestra choruses. Many play instruments, love music and singing in particular. They are dedicated individuals – eager to master new pieces, learning music on their own and arranging extra rehearsals with other singers as needed. They all try to capture in sound and sight, the wonders of music at hand so that the audience is drawn to each piece they perform.
A hallmark of the Chorale’s concerts are the introductions made by Maestra Green and members of the ensemble to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the pieces we perform. Concerts also include outstanding professional instrumentalists to provide variety of timbre and repertoire. The gifted pianist Gerald Anderson accompanies the Chorale.
Maestra Green remains a favorite with Hilton Head audiences after directing the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra (1998-2011), during which time she also founded and directed the HHSO Chorus. Concurrently, she served as Music Director of the Kennett Symphony in suburban Philadelphia (1988-2013.) Her love for education is evident in her founding and directing the Chester County Youth Orchestra, conducting the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra and initiating the Kennett Symphony Children’s Chorus.
She has enjoyed a rich professional career of conducting symphonic, opera, ballet, and choral concerts and continues to win audience acclaim for her informative and entertaining concert commentary and programming wherever she performs. Ms. Green happily makes Hilton Head Island her full time home and enjoys giving back to the community.