Mary Hamilton has sung in choirs continuously since high school. She discovered the exquisite beauty of choral music at a young age, but decided to make music her life work about 15 years ago. Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance, Music Education, and a Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. Mary has accompanied choirs and toured in Europe with her children for 10 years with the Cantabile Youth Singers, founded by Signe Boyer. She also sang on tour in Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic in 2010 with the SJSU singers directed by Dr. Amanda Quist.
In addition to leading FPCMV’s choir, Mary teaches chorus and world music drumming to middle and elementary school students in Los Altos, is music director for the Sunnyvale Singers–a 75-voice community chorus, and studies voice privately. She lives in Mountain View with her husband and cat. When Mary isn’t directing or singing, she loves hanging out with friends, reading, gardening, hiking, running, cycling, and being in the beautiful outdoors.