Mary Alouette
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Mary Alouette

Mary A.

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15 years of teaching voice, songwriting, music production, piano, guitar, ear training, music theory, audition and performance success skills, artist development, and music release strategies to a thousand students of all ages and genres to win competitions and find fun and personal fulfillment in their music. Award-winning singer, songwriter, and music producer with 28 years of professional performance experience in electronic, pop, jazz, classical, and musical theater music.

I love working with new students! Music is a beautiful gift and it’s a joy to contribute to my students’ musical lives.

About Mary A.

Please see more testimonials in the photos and videos section.

Mary is an award-winning electronic pop singer, songwriter, music producer, and coach who has been featured in publications including the Washington Post. She is an international opera singer turned Gypsy jazz singer, guitarist, songwriter, and audio engineer turned music producer. She now focuses on singing, writing, and releasing dance-pop music.

She has a professional performance background of 28 years and 15 years of teaching experience to over a thousand students. She loves to coach musicians to find their voice and write and perform their original music.

As an artist, Mary's music has gone to NBC’s World of Dance for millions of live television viewers and her songs have been performed at music festivals throughout the world. She has experience both behind the mic and as an audio engineer in New York City for multi-platinum artists and producers.

Her six electronic-pop-world-jazz albums have won the Grand Prize in the Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition, New Artist of the Year, and Best Debut Album with the Washington Area Music Association. Her students have won the Making A Star Competition at the Apollo Theater in New York, Young Artist Of The Year with the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and First Place in the USA Songwriting Competition.

She was granted an Artist-In-Residence position at the Brooklyn Arts Council and Strathmore and has twice served as a panelist granting fellowships to artists with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She was also an artist fellow at the Transmute Retreat at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Mary has headlined at the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and Blues Alley. She’s also collaborated and performed with Cuban hip hop artists at Fábrica de Arte Cubano, competed in the Apollo Theater’s National Tour, sung at Carnegie Hall, sung the national anthem solo and a capella for Major League Baseball and Soccer teams over two dozen times, featured as a lead voiceover in games by EA Games, and resided in Romani caravans as a vocalist, songwriter, and Gypsy jazz guitarist at the Festival de Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine, France.

Mary's sound has been deeply influenced by experiences ranging from studying and performing opera and jazz internationally, creating an artist retreat in Havana, Cuba, writing and recording a Cuban jazz album in Havana, writing and recording on a collaborative Cuban hip hop album, and writing music with refugees in Greece as the Music Director the Campfire Project at the Ritsona Refugee Camp.

She’s also studied advanced Ableton programming for live performance and controllerism with Laura Escudé of Electronic Creatives (Kanye West, Jay Z, The Weeknd, Ariana Grande, etc.) and DiViNCi, controllerist for Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Music from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, where she studied classical voice and digital composition. She has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Cuba, England, France, Austria, Italy, Greece, and Switzerland, and is based in Los Angeles.

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Justin
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I went through 4 voice teachers here in NYC before settling on Mary - been taking vocal training with her for about a year and half now and it's been worth every penny.

Mary is an excellent communicator, with a great sense for analogies and concrete descriptions for abstract concepts (esp crucial for things like singing). She's a gifted vocalist, having been classically trained with an Opera and Jazz background, but more than that - she has the ability to enhance someone else's sense of style and natural voice. She is of course also an amazing human all around, with a great attitude, style, and general "lust for life." Highly recommend Mary as a vocal coach

Posted Sep 12, 2016
Jon
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My decades long musical history was moving toward something new - singer-songwriter-guitar performer. I needed help. Mary is shockingly amazing in all three, which says nothing for her piano and tech skills, which says nothing for her really beautiful ear and professional easy demeanor ... I can't recommend her enough. She has transformed a part of my musical world into something, for which I am both eternally grateful and waiting for my next lesson.

Posted Sep 9, 2016
jon R.
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I began taking lessons with Mary after I heard her sing. Besides having a terrific voice I really love how effortless she makes singing look. I've been taking lessons with her for about a month and she's been helping me connect the dots. I appreciate her method. She works with me to build my voice and doesn't push a style or direction. Her descriptions give me directions on what to think and how to feel when I sing. I look forward to the coming months!

Posted Dec 8, 2014
Laura B.

I started training with Mary about a year ago to get my voice back in shape. After my first lesson with her, I felt so happy and inspired. Her positive and passionate energy is so powerful. I learned so much after only one lesson, and as we continue, my voice keeps getting stronger and my range is expanding. Recently, she coached me through a few pieces I had to prepare for an audition. She helped me stay disciplined and positive. With her help, I totally nailed it. I sincerely appreciate her enthusiasm and vibrant spirit along with her support and encouragement. Mary's an all around unique, talented and genuine person that I'm lucky to have stumbled upon.

Posted Dec 5, 2014
Jonathan J.
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I came to Mary as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who wanted help with singing/vocals. A few things were apparent from the beginning: she is a creative, patient, yet demanding teacher with a razor-sharp ear and an endless bag of similes, metaphors, and visual and mental techniques to get across the point she's trying to explain (which is all aimed at coaxing the best out of you in each lesson). I've had many music teachers over the years, and it is rare to find one who combines vast knowledge of music theory and the fundamentals/techniques of their particular instrument with the ability to translate and teach all of this effectively. Mary is exactly this type of teacher. I also appreciate that her passion and enthusiasm for music and creativity practically oozes out of her pores, and in the year+ that we've been working together she's challenged me to not only improve my vocals but develop my songwriting skills using Logic. I recommend Mary without qualification to anyone from the casual singer/strummer to the advanced musician or studio geek who wants to up their game to the next level.

Posted Dec 3, 2014
Andrew R.

An excellent experience

It's hard to describe the enjoyment and progress I enjoyed with Mary. She is such a thoroughly engaged and skilled teacher. In my first lesson I felt like I improved exponentially, and every lesson thereafter has left me significantly improved. Aside from the improvement in quality, Mary's teaching and personal style also gave me a massive boost in confidence - I had taken singing lessons more on a whim as something to try, but Mary allowed me to see that I have a voice and can develop it. I am continuing lessons and hope to always improve.

I really can't recommend Mary's lessons enough - and she is a lovely person to know, very funny and creative with her teaching and extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of music. What a great experience!

Posted Jun 8, 2013
Mary K.

Inspiring teacher!

I walked away from my first lesson with Mary feeling incredibly inspired. I love her method of teaching and feel I have learned an awful lot already and I have just begun. Her lessons are fun, encouraging, thorough and unique. I look forward to working with Mary and incorporating new techniques into my style. I'm so happy I stumbled upon her!

Posted Apr 30, 2013
Lucas M.

Great singing experience

I had a great time studying with Mary. We had ongoing lessons while she was living in Montreal. I always felt I had walked out of a lesson a step closer to my goals and put in the right direction. I found she had good knowledge of her tools and how to apply them to whatever it was that I was up against.

Posted Mar 15, 2013

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Experience

Pop / Electronic / Gypsy Jazz Singer, Songwriter, & Music Producer
Sep 2009 - Present

Alarke (self)

“As an opera student at MGill University in Montréal, Mary Alouette [Alarke] developed an interest that didn’t necessarily correspond to her studies: electronic music. It took moving to Brooklyn and embarking on a career as a Gypsy jazz singer to finally bring electronica into the mix…” - The Washington Post Opera and Gypsy jazz singer turned audio engineer turned award-winning pop vocalist and songwriter Alarke’s music is an exciting, vibey, future-forward meld of pop, electronic, classical, jazz, and world music. Fans of Grimes, Charli XCX, and Lady Gaga: take a listen. Her debut EP Midas (2012) landed her New Artist of the Year and Best Debut Album with the Washington Area Music Association. The Lark (2013), won the Grand Prize with the Washington Area Music Association for her song, “Lionheart.” Grace (2016) features electronic x pop x krautrock x chillwave music x Gypsy jazz music. Elkin + Alarke (2016), a tropical electronic album released with producer Elkin Pautt had songs go to NBC's World Of Dance. Cuba Diaries (2021) showcases songs written in Havana, Cuba that were recorded by a 6-piece all-star Cuban band in Havana. Real Down, Mystics, and Future Self (singles, 2021) are electronic dance tracks featuring fun synths and driving dance beats. Favorite performances include Strathmore, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Fábrica Del Arte in Cuba, the Apollo Theater’s National Tour, Carnegie Hall, the Baltimore Orioles, the Washington Nationals, EA Games’ Boogie Superstar, Romani caravans in France, and writing music with refugees in Greece. Website: www.alarke.com

Singing, Songwriting, Piano, and Guitar Teacher
Jan 2006 - Present

Music

Working with students one on one in all areas of the performing arts for nearly ten years. Clients range in age from 5-75 and from novice/beginner to professional/celebrity clientele. Private instruction with Set Your Life To Music Taught masterclasses with the New York Singing Teachers Association Teacher with the Foxgrove, Galliard Music, Soyulla Artists, Music To Your Home, Sage Music, Ivy Music, and School of Rock.

Fellowship Panelist
May 2019 - Jun 2019

D.C. Commission On The Arts and Humanities

Evaluated and awarded fellowships to artists. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is an independent agency in the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages programs and the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities.

Artist In Residence Fellowship
Jan 2017 - Jun 2017

Brooklyn Arts Council; Brooklyn, New York

For over 50 years, Brooklyn Arts Council has supported Brooklyn's artists; they have helped create one of the most eclectic and innovative cities in the world. Brooklyn Arts Council has been integral in the creation of Brooklyn’s culture, world-renowned for its diversity, by first forging and continuing to lead in the commitment to equity and inclusion for over 50 years. They champion creative experiences because they believe in art's power; they amplify expression, enrichment, and diversity by empowering artists and audiences in art making, art-sharing, and art-learning. They nurture creative ecologies because they know that artists and communities thrive when they are connected to one another. They solve creative equations because they envision a world innovated by art; they advocate for sustainable development strategies that include art, artists, and arts institutions to optimize social innovations and solutions to inequity.

Fellowship Panelist
May 2016 - Jul 2016

D.C. Commission On The Arts and Humanities

Evaluated and awarded fellowships to artists. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is an independent agency in the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on matters relating to the arts and humanities and encourages programs and the development of programs that promote progress in the arts and humanities.

Audio Engineer
Mar 2013 - Jul 2013

Homer Learning, Brooklyn, New York

Assistant Audio Engineer
Jun 2011 - Jun 2013

Ishlab Studio, Brooklyn, New York

I was responsible for session preparation, client management, and repair of studio technology. I provided music mix assistance, sound design, and engineering for major and independent record labels including Sony alongside multi-platinum-earning mix and recording engineers Frans Mernick, Alex Dadras, and Daniel Lynas, producers, and artists including A$AP Rocky.

Artist In Residence Fellowship
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012

Strathmore Center for the Arts; Rockville, Maryland

A flagship program of Strathmore’s Institute for Artistic and Professional Development, the Artist in Residence (AIR) program was created in 2005 to support artists as they transition to professional careers. Since its inception, the program has mentored 94 musicians ages 16 to 32. Every year, a class of six is chosen after a competitive selection process. Strathmore’s AIR benefit from the support of mentor musicians, participate in professional development seminars, and are offered extensive performance opportunities throughout the 10-month program.

Festival Liaison
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

MUTEK Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music, Montréal, Canada

Education

Music Marketing & Strategy
Mar 2021 - Present

The School of Deep Cuts

Electronic Music Production
Jan 2018 - Present

Producer Dojo with ill.Gates

Live Show Design with Ableton
Dec 2017 - Present

Transmute Accelerator and Retreat with Laura Escudé

Electronic Music Production
Jan 2020 - Sep 2020

Unspeakable Records with Dot / Kate Ellwanger

Afro-Cuban Jazz Piano and Percussion
Aug 2017 - Aug 2017

Havana Music School, Havana, Cuba

Vocal Student
Jan 1996 - Jun 2016

Private Vocal Instruction

Voice Performance
Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

American Institute Of Musical Studies; Graz, Austria

Bachelors of Music - Vocal Performance & Digital Music Composition
Sep 2004 - Apr 2009

McGill University, Schulich School of Music; Montréal, Canada

Voice Performance
Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

Schlern International Music Institute; Fié Allo Sciliar, Italy

Languages

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Awards

Client Ava Anderson: Young Artist Of The Year
Jun 2019

Mid-Atlantic Song Contest with the Songwriters Association of Washington

Client Ava Anderson: First Place
Jun 2019

USA Songwriting Competition

Client Anastia Léyon: Grand Prize Winner, Making A Star Competition
May 2016

The Apollo Theater, New York, New York

WeAreListening Singer/Songwriter Finalist
Jun 2014

WeAreListening

Best Jazz Vocalist Nominee
Feb 2013

Washington Area Music Association

Grand Prize Winner
Feb 2013

Washington Area Music Association Songwriting Competition

Finalist
Apr 2012

Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition

Best Jazz Vocalist Nominee
Feb 2012

Washington Area Music Association

New Artist of the Year
Feb 2012

Washington Area Music Association

Debut Recording Of The Year
Feb 2012

Washington Area Music Association

Affiliations

Women In Music
Aug 2019
Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
Brooklyn Arts Council
Jan 2017
Brooklyn Arts Council's mission is to act as a coordinating, educational, and service organization to promote and encourage the knowledge, appreciation, and practices of the arts through public educational and cultural activities, and to provide support and services to artists and arts organizations. We are the arts council for the borough of Brooklyn. We bring leadership and energy to every part of Brooklyn’s arts scene, supporting and connecting it all. It doesn’t matter where you fit into the arts—artist, audience member, participant, venue, educator or supporter—we want you to create and experience the arts in every neighborhood of Brooklyn.
New York Singing Teachers Association
Jan 2015
NYSTA strives to provide voice professionals, both locally and globally, with the tools and inspiration needed for an increasingly informed and creative pedagogy. Immense advances in voice science, neurology, psychology, education theory, medicine, and mind/body healing offer new information and techniques from which voice teachers can draw. By making these resources accessible to our members, we foster twenty-first-century pedagogy, rooted in the great traditions of the past, incorporating the new knowledge of our time.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2012
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
National Honors Society
Sep 2003
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

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