I would rather write 10,000 notes than a single letter of the alphabet.




Mary Price has studied music since she was 6 playing piano and picking up whatever instruments she could find. She felt inspired by her older siblings who also learned piano and joined middle school ensembles, wanting to walk in their shoes. In middle school, her music experience changed completely when her brother introduced her to composition websites where she began her passion.

Mary composes a range of music for chamber and large ensembles. She got her start in high school, arranging a Disney medley for the senior string ensemble. In her undergrad she composed performances for the Georgia College & State University Wind Symphony as well as a trio for the Georgia College & State University Percussion Ensemble. Her most recent composition was a solo snare piece written for Dr. Nathaniel Gworek.

Her works have also taken the stage digitally with electronic and electroacoustic works. She composed pieces each year for the Spring electronic concerts. When COVID-19 schools virtual, performance classes struggled to figure out how to perform, so Mary took the role of producer for the Georgia College & State University Wind Symphony and the Georgia College & State University Jazz Ensemble taking students’ homemade recordings and mixing them on her computer.

Mary is currently pursuing her MM in Composition at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying under Du Yun. She received a BA in Music Performance at Georgia College & State University, where she studied under Douglass Bassett and Dr. David Johnson.


Life is a sea of stories, and I find there to be no greater joy than to take the stage and share those stories, be they fantasies of saving the world from other worldly invaders or everyday life stories of baking a cake. I use music to tell my stories because it is a land of ambiguity, giving a frame to the story and allowing the performers and listeners to join in the stories’ creation through their own interpretation. More than that though, I am passionate about the concept of thinking, and thus I like to experiment with my compositions to make the audience think. I might use strange melodies, odd instrumentation, or just wacky stories to accompany in the program to make the audience think some; if nothing else, make them think, “Wow! This lady’s weird.” Storytelling is one of the greatest powers in the human race, and I use it with hopes to entertain and inspire my audience.

Photo by Britt Olsen-Ecker