Mary Launder, Vocalist/Actress...


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Mary Launder is currently a vocalist with Sweet Pepprika and Joe Lill's Six of One Orchestra.  She is also thrilled to have a new full time position as a Standardized Patient Educator at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.  Their mission is "To serve the nation through the interprofessional education of health and biomedical professionals and the discovery of knowledge dedicated to improving the health of its people." "I'm very proud to be a part of this wonderful team of Educators and Health Professionals!"  Previously Mary sang with Luke and the Cool Hands (releasing their first CD; Luke & the Cool Hands in 1994, and their second; That Cowboy Jazz in 1998) and The Launder Sisters whose last performance together was in the Spring of 2007 as part of the Oconomowoc Celebration Concert Series.  Mary earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Florida State University (FSU),  and her Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from FSU through the Asolo State Theater Conservatory in Sarasota, Florida.  Working professionally as an actress, vocalist, dancer, and teacher since 1980, Mary has conducted performing arts workshops and appreared in The Brave Little Taylor and Reynard the Fox for over 25,000 young students.  Other performance credits include:  Nunsense, Pump Boys & Dinettes (which became one of the longest running musicals in Chicago theater history), The Music Man, Three Penny Opera, Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, The Art of Dining, Taken in Marriage, A Christmas Carol, and many more.  Inspired by Neal Kenyon, Vic Passante and Charki Dunn, Mary taught performing arts classes and choreographed and directed the musicals The King & I , West Side Story, The Music Man, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR and most recently Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (2013) at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School (BZAEDS) in Chicago.  "The productions at BZAEDS were true collaborations."  "Students, teachers and community members all worked together to bring these works of art to life."  "What a wonderful experience!"  Mary would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous support.

Top left corner photo by Jennifer Girard.