Originally from the New London/Waterford area, Maryann McCary is a Connecticut native. Growing up, she took piano lessons and sang in school choruses and church choirs at every opportunity. She began playing the organ at age 15 when a local church, needing an organist, paid for organ lessons.
She graduated from Connecticut College, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in music and a concentration in organ performance. Studies included voice, music theory and history, and choral conducting. Additional music studies included courses at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and in Germany.
A member of the American Guild of Organists since 1980, she has been a board member and Dean, organizing programs and conventions, and has both lead and attended various workshops.
While working full time in the business world, she held part time organist/choir director positions in area Episcopal and Congregational churches. Now “retired”, Maryann lives in Moodus with husband Thom Hagerth. Their blended family includes four children and two grandchildren.