Selected Résumé



September 2018-December 2018 [UPCOMING]
Composer-in-Residence at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico
Organization: The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico (http://wurlitzerfoundation.org/)
Details: Mary is honored to have been named an artist in residence at The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico for September through December of 2018. While in residence, she will continue work on a new one-act ballet and a new two- to three-act opera, both arranged for full orchestra.

December 2017-February 2018
Commission: “Boston Common” [C] and “King’s Chapel” [Ab] for Vento Chiaro’s “The Boston Project”
Organization: Vento Chiaro (http://ventochiaro.org/)
Details: To celebrate their 20th anniversary season, renowned Boston wind quintet Vento Chiaro has commissioned Mary to compose a pair of works for the ensemble’s newest series, “The Boston Project”. Mary created two new compositions — one inspired by Boston Common, and one by King’s Chapel — using her sound-to-color synesthesia, which will be premiered by Vento Chiaro during one of the ensemble’s upcoming concerts (official date and time to be announced shortly).

December 2017
Recipient of a 2017 Iguana Music Fund Grant
Organization: The Iguana Music Fund ( http://passim.org/iguana ) & Club Passim ( http://www.passim.org )

November 2017
Performance and Premiere of “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations” at the Charles Hayden Planetarium
Organization: The Museum of Science, Boston (http://mos.org/)
Details: Mary Bichner and Planetary Quartet premiered “Synesthesia Suite: Constellations”, Mary’s new collection of chamber works inspired by the night sky, during two sold-out concerts at the Museum of Science’s Charles Hayden Planetarium on November 30th, 2017. The concert was accompanied by customized synesthesia-influenced visuals on the planetarium’s beautiful dome, allowing audience members to “hear” color and “see” sound just as Mary does when she listens to music. (Photos from this project can be found HERE, and 360° videos from the project can be found HERE.)

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.

April 2016-November 2017
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 was honored to take part in a two-year composer residency at Mount Auburn Cemetery. In the first year of her residency, Mary composed twelve new works inspired by the 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 at different times of year. In January of 2017, the works were recorded by a 19-piece chamber orchestra at WGBH Studios of Boston MA, and were released online as a digital album on June 3rd, 2017. The works were premiered at Mount Auburn Cemetery in concert on June 3, 2017 (Spring Suite) and November 4, 2017 (Autumn Suite). The audio recordings are now permanently featured in Mount Auburn Cemetery’s free mobile app, allowing visitors to the cemetery to experience the music in the setting that inspired it. (View a brief documentary of this project HERE.)

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.