Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities
Director of Music, Associate Professor of Instruction
Areas of Specialization: Piano, Theory, Composition
Office: JO 1.208
Mail Station: JO 31
Email: [email protected]
Mary Medrick is known as an extraordinarily versatile musician, trained in classical music, while frequently performing in the areas of opera, musical theater and early music. She is an ASCAP Special Award recipient and a member of the American Federation of Musicians. She has performed in 17 countries and was pianist for the premiere of Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in Israel. As a writer, Medrick has produced three opera libretti and the scores for three Broadway style shows. Her original works have been performed in New York, Texas, Michigan, Colorado, California, Alaska, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, and Mexico. Additional information about the operas, La Curandera, The Old Majestic and Monkey See, Monkey Do may be found at: Schirmer.com.
In the Dallas area, Medrick is active as a musical director and conductor. Some favorite productions include The Threepenny Opera (UNT), Titanic (JCC Dallas), Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (Dallas Theater Center), and Little Women (Coppell Community Theater). As keyboardist, Medrick has performed with the Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Summer Musicals (numerous shows), Watertower Theater, Lyric Stage, the Charleston Symphony, East Texas Symphony, Richardson Symphony, San Antonio Symphony and Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Guadalajara, MX). She is a featured pianist on the 2015 critically acclaimed recording of The Golden Apple, a two-CD set that NPR has called "game changing."
As an undergraduate at University of South Florida, her first love was music theory, which she also pursued in graduate coursework at U. of North Texas. Medrick's teachers include Dr. Armin Watkins, Dr. Jerry Wallace and Steve Nielsen (piano), Annetta Monroe and Dr. Mary Ella Collins (voice), and Dr. Stephen Park, Dr. Ann Hawkins and Dr. Gene Cho (theory). She holds a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts from UT Dallas, where she has also pursued graduate studies in Sound Design.
At UT Dallas, Medrick teaches piano, music theory/composition and has music directed, composed music for and stage directed theater productions. With her broad background in the humanities, she has taught Musical Theater Workshop, Exploration of the Arts, and Elements of Art and Performance.
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Mary Medrick
MA, The University of Texas at Dallas, 1999
BA, The University of Texas at Dallas, 1983
Additional studies in music, University of N. Texas
Curriculum Vitae: Mary Medrick's CV