Known for her lyrical and expressive sound, pianist Mary J. Trotter has been referred to as a ‘poet at the piano’. Equally at home with operatic and concert repertoire, she is in high demand as a collaborative artist. In February 2018, she performed as guest pianist with the Spokane-based Cathedral Kantorei Choir in their program entitled Spokane Mid-Winter, featuring Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs as well as the premieres of works by Spokane-area composers. Her work as a music director has included performances with Opera Coeur d’Alene’s “Opera-tunities” program as well as Peabody Opera Outreach, where she music directed and accompanied a world premiere production of Ariel’s Tempest by Douglas Buchanan. She also served as assistant music director and orchestra pianist for Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s productions of Singin’ in the Rain and The Music Man, and as performance accompanist for Opera Coeur d’Alene’s ‘Opera on the Lake’ productions of The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore.
Originally from Snohomish, WA, Mary earned her B.A. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Whitworth University and her M.M. in Vocal Accompanying from Peabody Conservatory. She is currently a second-year DMA student in Collaborative Piano at the University of Minnesota.