Mary Sievert has been the pianist for Tempe Community Chorus since fall of 2008, and thoroughly enjoys it. She is married to one of our TCC basses, and has three children and two grandchildren. Born and raised in Minnesota, she
Cary has been engaged with music since childhood. Cary has directed and coached singing groups including jazz choirs, barbershop choruses, chamber choirs, mixed choruses, and local ensembles and performers. He writes and arranges music for several vocal groups.
Currently Cary is a music judge in the music category for the internationally known Barbershop Harmony Society, previously known as S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., where he judges competitions and coaches vocal groups all over the United States and Canada. Cary is the director of the Southwest Vocal Project Chorus, a member of the international female barbershop organization, Sweet Adelines.
Cary Burns has been the director of the Tempe Community Chorus since August 1998, sharing his wealth of music knowledge, enthusiasm and love of the musical art form.
The all-volunteer, elected Board of Directors of the Tempe Community Chorus manages daily operations of the Choir including selecting practice and performance venues, collecting dues, maintaining the sheet music library, marketing and other operating responsibilities. The Board consists of a president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary, and various at-large members.
Active chorus members are encouraged to attend any board meeting, and are urged to consider joining the board to help out with the business of running the Tempe Community Chorus.
The Tempe Community Chorus Music Team’s primary goal is to make sure that we have a musically successful season. The Team makes music decisions, serves as a feedback loop for musical issues of choir members, and determines performance dress.
enjoys traveling back there when time permits.
Mary started piano lessons at age four and her mother never let her quit! She has sung alto in the Bach and Madrigal Singers, has directed numerous handbell choirs, and has accompanied multiple musical productions, singers, and instrumentalists over the years. Mary was the pianist for Dayspring United Methodist Church for 25 years and also traveled to Europe four times with their Chorale. She continues to enjoy playing for various churches and events in the Valley.
Mary is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, with a Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling. She has worked in the Behavioral Health field for 26 years, and recently retired from her position with Aetna. Mary feels very fortunate to have been involved in her two loves of life -- psychology, and music!