Mary Eason Fletcher received her training at Northwestern University, where she studied with Vergene Miller and was a member of the Northwestern University Concert Choir, conducted by Margaret Hillis, and The Northwestern University Chapel Choir, conducted by Grigg Fountain; at Boston University, where she was a student of Robert Gartside, Allen Rogers, and Adelaide Bishop (opera); and at the Boston Conservatory of Music, studying with Mme. Iride Pilla and John Moriarty. Opera apprenticeship was with the Colorado Opera Festival. At the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California, Ms. Fletcher was a student of Martial Singher. She also studied with Gerard Souzay at L’Academie de Musique de Maurice Ravel, in St. Jean de Luz, France. A native of North Carolina, Ms. Fletcher began her musical life at Salem Academy, where she founded the a cappella group Spirit, and at Salem College School of Music, where she studied piano with Hans Heidemann and Nancy Wurtele.
A soprano, Ms. Fletcher has been heard frequently here and abroad in recitals, chamber music, oratorio, opera and orchestral engagements. She has appeared as a soloist with the York River Symphony, the Tidewater Concert Series, the Peninsula Symphony, the William and Mary Orchestra, the Williamsburg Choral Guild, An Occasion for the Arts, First Night, and in hundreds of concerts for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
While singing at L’Abbaye de Royaumont in France, Ms. Fletcher formed an association with legendary Juilliard voice professor Daniel Ferro. Subsequently, many of Ms. Fletcher’s students have had the privilege of working with Mr. Ferro, either in New York, or at his Greve in Chianti institute in Italy. In 2006 and 2008 Mr. Ferro gave a series of Master Classes for students at the College of William and Mary. Jointly sponsored by the Department of Music, the Office of Student Affairs, and Delta Omicron Music Fraternity, these classes were a great success.
Areas of Specialization
Students of Mary Eason Fletcher have gone from William and Mary to graduate study at the Manhattan School of Music, the Juilliard School, the Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary, the New England Conservatory, and the Peabody Conservatory. They are heard in performance in the US and Europe in opera, oratorio, recitals, and musical theatre, including on Broadway.
At the invitation of David Lai of Sony Masterworks in New York, Ms. Fletcher was recently a consultant to Sony's 4Troops recording project.
Ms. Fletcher has been a member of the music faculty of the College of William and Mary since 1976 and was the first head of Applied Music at the College, serving in that position for eight years.