A native of Jackson, MS, Mary Margaret May, soprano, graduated in May of 2010 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at Mississippi College and two years later earned her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the same institution. During her undergraduate years, Ms. May was extremely involved in many opera and musical productions in the Department of Music at Mississippi College. She has appeared as Lily in Lucy Simon’s The Secret Garden, Tuptim in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, First Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Cinderella in Warren Martin’s The True Story of Cinderella, Just Jeanette in Edwin Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos, Gertie in Rodger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, and recently as Meg in Jason Howland’s Little Women. She has also appeared as Mabel in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Cosette in Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Les Miserables, and the partial roles Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Pamina in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She has received numerous awards through the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions held throughout the southeast in both classical and music theatre divisions. Ms. May has studied with Metropolitan Opera soprano Katie Van Kooten and internationally acclaimed voice teacher and former Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Patricia McCaffrey of New York, NY. She has attended the prestigious young artists programs Intermezzo Foundation in Brugge, Belgium and Songfest at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. Ms. May is currently studying with Dr. Kristen Johnson of Meridian, MS at Mississippi College.
During her time at Mississippi College, Ms. May sang for four years with the prestigious, award-winning auditioned choir, Singers, and traveled with them to Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, New York (where she was a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall in the choir’s performance of Bob Chilcott’s MLK), and several conferences and churches around the U.S. She was also a member of the Mixed Company vocal jazz ensemble at Mississippi College for two years and was selected by the Music Department to work as an Ambassador, which involved encouraging students to pursue a music degree at the MC. She was also actively involved with Mississippi College’s Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) and would assist with the worship music as a vocalist. During the summer months, Ms. May serves as a tutor at Neighborhood Christian Center, a program for underprivileged children in the Jackson area sponsored by her church. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and regularly sings at nursing homes around the Metro-Jackson area. She is a member of the choir at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. Ms. May enjoys spending time with her family, especially her younger sister Madeline and their dog, Rebel. She loves learning how to cook challenging dishes and exercising on the Elliptical machine. She is very excited about her debut album, In the Shadow of Thy Wing, and hopes that it is well received, but most importantly, that it brings glory to God. Her second album, Upon a Winter Night, a collection of Christmas favorites, is now available for purchase. The independent music artist distributor, CD Baby, featured it as one of the Editor's Top Picks for Holiday music this season. She has been thrilled with it's reception and hope it blesses your Christmas for years to come. Both albums are available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Reformation Heritage Books. "I Asked the Lord", her latest project, includes more of Ms. May's favorite hymns that deeply touch her heart and that are continually molding her into the person she is meant to become. Ms May recently married a United States Naval Officer and is currently living in Annapolis, Maryland in the Historic District. She is now accepting voice and beginner piano students so if you are in the area, feel free to contact her! She would love to see you!