Mary Ann Carr Wilson
Mary Ann Carr-Wilson
Mary Ann holds a B.M. and an M.M. from San Diego State University. Her post-graduate work has centered in the areas of vocal pedagogy and study with Gregorian chant masters in the U.S. and France.
Having served nine years as Music Director director at St. Anne Catholic Church in San Diego, Mary Ann led adult and youth choirs that specialized in Gregorian chant and renaissance polyphony. It was there she developed the Chant Camp program, a week-long immersion in the liturgical catechesis and the study of chant, tailored to young people and adapted for Catholic schools as well. Since the program launched in 2010, the Chant Camp has combined fun and faith formation at a variety of parishes and schools throughout California, and is now receiving national and international requests.
She directs the San Diego Catholic Youth Choir. This SATB ensemble of children ages 8-18 specializes in Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony.
Mary Ann also offers training courses for music teachers, choir directors, and Cantors to be able to lead their own camps and/or implement more sacred music into existing programs. She has led numerous workshops and courses across the country for adults, families, seminarians, and college students.
Mary Ann serves on the faculty of the Church Musician Association of America, and has recently teamed up with renowned chant scholar Dr. William Mahrt to lead a series of workshops at Stanford University.
Believing that Gregorian chant uniquely fosters a sense of peace and joy that connects the whole person to God, Mary Ann makes it her mission to bring this form of sung prayer to as many people as possible.