The American mezzo-soprano and music pedagogue, Mary Ann Hart, obtained her Diploma from the Hochschüle für Musik in Vienna in 1978, and her Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois in 1976. She has won numerous song competitions, including the 2nd Prize at Carnegie Hall International American Music Competition, Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and NATS Artist Awards. She was also awarded a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mary Ann Hart made her New York Philharmonic Orchestra début under the baton of Kurt Masur, and has appeared with the New York Chamber Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, American Composer’s Orchestra, Santa Fe Symphony, Boston Baroque, and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Recital appearances have taken her to 26 American states, Austria, Germany, Romania, Canada, and the Virgin Islands.
Previously on the faculties of Vassar College and the Mannes School of Music, Mary Ann Hart is now Chair of the Voice Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she teaches voice and song literature.
Mary Ann Hart has recorded for Chandos, Albany, Eterna, Arabesque, Telefunken-Decca, and Musical Heritage Societry. She has a solo CD of American songs, "Permit Me Voyage", was one of four singers who recorded the complete songs of Charles Ives, and can be heard on a CD of the songs of Henry Cowell, all on the Albany label. She appeared in the USAs tour of the Philip Glass opera Hydrogen Jukebox, and recorded that work for Nonesuch.