Mary Ann Joyce was born in Champaign-Urbana IL, and received her B.A. from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in theory and composition from Washington University, St. Louis. After graduate school, she moved to the New York City area where she has remained. She is an active composer of instrumental, choral and vocal music, and a professor of music at Manhattanville College. Her works have been performed at international festivals and concerts through the United States, Europe, and Russia. Mary Ann’s works are published by Pioneer Drama, World Library of Sacred Music, Ars Nova, Scribner & Sons, and Gold Branch; her pieces are available on CDs from Navona Records, Capstone and Pioneer Drama.
Mary Ann’s significant teachers and mentors include Robert Wykes, John Joseph Bezdek, Anna T. Walsh, Roslyn Tureck, and A. Sonderskov.
She is a member of ASCAP, NACUSA, College Music Society, American Music Center, Society of Composers, and New York Women Composers.