Private Instructor, organ
In addition to teaching organ lessons at Goucher, Mary Hamlin-Spencer serves as Director of Music at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Timonium, where she directs the choirs, in addition to playing the organ. Mary began piano studies at age 7 and progressed to organ study at age 17. After completing her Bachelor of Arts degree at Muhlenberg College with a major in music and a minor in English, Mary traveled to Paris, France, where she studied for a year with the renowned blind French organist André Marchal. Upon her return to the US, Mary landed in Baltimore, MD for her first church position at Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson while earning a master's degree in organ performance at Towson University as a student of Dr. Thomas Spacht. She then served as Organist/Choirmaster at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Baltimore for eight years before moving to New Hampshire, where she served for six years as Music Minister at Christ Episcopal Church in Exeter, New Hampshire.
Over the years Mary Hamlin-Spencer has performed frequently at the Baltimore Bach Marathon and the Baltimore French Organ Music Marathon, in addition to presenting solo recitals in both Maryland and New England. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and is also a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians. When not playing the organ, Mary can often be found in her garden or out on the NCR railroad trail on her bicycle. She and her husband Bill live in Cockeysville and are the proud parents of Gilbert, a voice major at Northwestern University.