Selected Resume


April 2016-October 2017 [CURRENT]
Composer-in-Residence at Mount Auburn Cemetery
Commission: Synesthetic Suite inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery

Organization: Mount Auburn Cemetery (http://www.mountauburn.org)
Details: Mary will compose ten new works inspired by Mount Auburn Cemetery’s breathtaking landscape and landmarks, using her sound­-to­-color synesthesia to select the musical components that best “match” the natural color palette of each location. In late 2016, the works will be professionally recorded for use in Mount Auburn’s upcoming phone app, so that visitors to the cemetery will be able to experience the music in the setting that inspired it. The compositions will also be performed live by an ensemble of nine musicians in series of concerts at Mount Auburn in 2017.

May 2016
Composer-in-Residence at Marble House Project
Organization: Marble House Project (http://www.marblehouseproject.org)
Details: While at Marble House from May 2nd through May 25th 2016, Mary began composing for two projects: a new one-act ballet arranged for full orchestra, and a new series of vocal and/or instrumental works inspired by the night sky’s constellations.

November 2014-February 2015
Composer & Music Director for the Wheelock Family Theatre Production of “Pinocchio”
Organization: Wheelock Family Theatre [AEA] (http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org)
Venue: Wheelock Family Theatre (180 Riverway, Boston MA 02215)
Performance Dates: January 30-February 22, 2015

May 2014-July 2014
Arranger & Music Director for the Nora Theatre Production of “Her Aching Heart”
Organization: The Nora Theatre Company [AEA] (http://www.centralsquaretheater.org)
Venue: Central Square Theater (450 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge MA 02139)
Performance Dates: July 10-August 10, 2014

March 2014
Recipient of the 2014 San Diego Film Award for Best Musical Score – Short Film
Film: Just Desserts [David G. Stone, Director] (http://www.justdessertsthemovie.com)
Organization: Film Consortium San Diego (http://www.filmconsortiumsd.com)

March 2014
Named Somerville Arts Council Artist of the Month for March 2014
Organization: Somerville Arts Council (http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org)
Interview: March 2014 Artist of the Month – Mary Bichner

January 2014
Recipient of a 2014 Somerville Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant for Music
Organization: Somerville Arts Council (http://www.somervilleartscouncil.org)

November 2013
Composer Concert at Mount Auburn Cemetery on 11/09/13
Organization: Friends of Mount Auburn (http://www.mountauburn.org)
Venue: Mount Auburn Cemetery (580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge MA)
Ensemble: Mary Bichner (piano/vocals), Triple Strung Trio (Yu-Wen Chen – violin, Christopher McClain – viola, Nick Dinnerstein – cello) and Anna Stromer (viola).

July 2013
Composer Concert at the Boston Outside the Box Festival on 07/20/13
Organization: 2013 Outside the Box Festival
Venue: The Spiegeltent @ the Outside the Box Festival (Boston Common, Boston MA)
Ensemble: Mary Bichner (piano/vocals), Triple Strung Trio (Yu-Wen Chen – violin, Christopher McClain – viola, Nick Dinnerstein – cello) and Christopher Baum (violin).

May 2013
Commission: “Untitled” [Fm] (Collaboration with poet Sam Cha)
Details: Piano solo with narration. Collaboration with poet Sam Cha. Commissioned by poet Jade Sylvan for “Poetry and Performance Art: a Cross-Genre Collaboration”. Premiered at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA on May 4, 2013. (http://www.masspoetry.org)

February 2013
Commission: “Lux aeterna” [Em]
Details: Aria for soprano soloist, alto soloist, SATB chorus, and harpsichord. Traditional text. Commissioned by theatre troupe Liars and Believers for “Lunar Labyrinth”, an interactive theatre experience based on an unpublished short story by Neil Gaiman. Premiered at Club Oberon in Cambridge, MA on February 13th, 2013. (http://www.liarsandbelievers.com/)

January 2013
Composer Concert at Gallery 263 on 01/13/13
Venue: Gallery 263 (263 Pearl Street, Cambridge MA 02139)
Ensemble: Mary Bichner (piano/vocals), Triple Strung Trio (Yu-Wen Chen – violin, Christopher McClain – viola, Nick Dinnerstein – cello) and Amanda Wang (viola).

October 2012
Commissions: “The City in the Sea” [Am], “Valentines I and II” [F]
Details: Edgar Allan Poe-themed suite commissioned by literary historian Rob Velella. Premiered at Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Story Chapel during “A Visit With Edgar Allan Poe” on October 27, 2012.

May 2011
Commissions: String Accompaniment Arrangements for 30 Seconds to Mars on MTV Unplugged [various keys]
Organization: Vitamin String Quartet (http://www.vitaminstringquartet.com)
Details: String quartet accompaniment arrangements for four songs composed by 30 Seconds to Mars for their appearance on MTV Unplugged.