Mary Ann East (BME, Indiana University; MM, George Mason University) teaches The Art of Teaching Music class at George Mason University. She has taught every level of music for Fairfax County Public Schools; the last six were as Choral Director at George C. Marshall High School. Prof. East is currently the Music Director at Community of Faith UMC in Herndon. Previously she was the Music Director at Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston from 2006-2012 where she conducted the UUCR Singers adult vocal choir, UUCR Ringers handbell ensemble, and the UUCR Band.
While at George Mason University pursuing her MM in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, Mrs. East performed in several GMU Opera Theatre productions. She sang the roles of Suor Dolcina in Suor Angelica, Violetta in Act I scene I of La Traviata, Cathleen in Riders to the Sea, and Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte.
Mary Ann has also adjudicated and guest conducted throughout the state of Virginia.
Mary Ann is researching gender constructions in the high school choral classroom for her dissertation towards her DMA in Music Education through Boston University.
When not making music, Prof. East is a Senior Independent Beauty Consultant with Mary Kay. She lives in Aldie, VA with her husband, Joe, and her two daughters, Helen and Cate.