Teaching Philosophy: I believe that anyone can sing, and everyone should be encouraged to find their voice.
Greatest Music Influences: Verdi, Puccini, Sondheim, Beverly Sills, Maria Callas, Renee Fleming, The Beatles, The Association, Chris Connor, Ella Fitzgerald, Patti Lupone, Bernadette Peters
When I’m not making music I’m: baking and cooking all kinds of yummy things, riding horses and taking ballet class.
Current music projects: Please check my website for a list of upcoming performances. I also teach at Gorham House of Music and run the Vocal Division for York County’s Regional Fine Arts Program.
Favorite place in Maine: Camp Ellis
For More Information: mjlvoicestudio.com
Mary Letellier is a lyric soprano. Currently, she teaches private voice lessons, performs regularly with the Portland Rossini Club, and is the soprano soloist for the Bar Mills Community Church. She recently performed Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata with Flagstaff in Fidenza, conducted by Darko Butarac. Other favorite performances include Magda in Puccini’s La Rodine, Charito/Tisiphone in Adamo’s Lysistrata, Peep Bo in Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Mrs. Pinkerton in Menotti’s The Old Maid and The Thief, The Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. She has been featured as a soloist in Boston’s Old North Church under the direction of Libor Dudas.
Mary graduated from The Boston Conservatory with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Opera Performance where she studied with Dr. Rebecca Folsom and coached with Michael Strauss. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lamba and was honored with the Arthur P. Whitney Medal for Highest Academic Achievement upon earning her Bachelor’s Degree.
As a voice teacher, Mary firmly believes in balancing the science and art of singing together to form a cohesive, healthy and beautiful singing voice. She is primarily influenced by the work of Miller, Vennard and Reid. In addition to teaching singing, she also provides dramatic coaching, instruction in German, French, Italian and English diction, and basic musicianship skills. Though her background is predominantly in opera and classical singing, she also enjoys teaching jazz and musical theater singing styles.