Mary Rose takes great pleasure in collaborating with other musicians, always feeling inspired by her colleagues. Besides playing with her husband Luke in their piano duo, she has collaborated extensively with vocalists and instrumentalists, appreciating the opportunity to deepen her musicianship through a better understanding of the techniques and characteristics of the voice and other instruments. She recently collaborated with Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist Kristin Westover, and Goshen College faculty member, tubist Roger Lewis.
While a student at both Indiana University and Northwestern University, Mary Rose had the privilege of working with excellent young musicians and outstanding instructors. Working primarily with Dr James Giles, André Watts, and Professor Alan Chow, Mary Rose also benefitted from coaches such as Ursula Oppens, Jay Gottlieb, Steve Cohen, Linda Strommen, Ilya Kaler, Peter Lloyd, Atar Arad, Mary Ann Hart, Patricia Wise, Karen Brunssen, and Theresa Branccacio, all of whom have left a deep impression on the way Dr. Norell views and realizes music.
Having performed in many settings and in many different small ensembles, Mary Rose is comfortable playing pieces with all musicians from any style period. Her background as a violinist and singer brings a different quality of understanding and listening in her collaborations, and a deeper respect of her colleagues. She has also enjoyed being involved in many composition premieres, finding the process of bringing a piece to life extraordinary.
If you are looking for a pianist to collaborate with for any type of concert or event, please feel free to use the contact form available on this website to get in touch with Mary Rose. (If desired, you will receive information on rates and availability.)