Artist, activist, and storyteller Mary K. McNeill is passionate about empowering children to raise their voices through music. She has been working with University Cooperative School since 2004, sharing songs with individual classes and the school community at large in a popular, weekly all-school sing.
Students adore learning classics of world and American folk music, and Mary K takes special delight in teaching songs and telling stories to tickle the grade school funny bone. And she has a gift for sharing songs of history, protest, and social justice.
I choose songs that inform us about what it means to be human. We sing songs that encourage questioning about what kind of people we are and what kind of people we want to become.
Mary K has been teaching music and leading choirs in Seattle area schools for over two decades. She can be found in several Seattle area public schools, Pacifica Children’s Choir, Middle East Peace Camp, and El Centro de la Raza.
In 2008 she led the Seeds of Compassion Choir, an 1,800 member intergenerational and international choir, in singing for his Holiness, the Dalai Lama. Students are often invited to join her in performance at peace and friendship festivals.