Welcome, Mary Katherine Whatley

Mary Katherine Whatley is a classically trained pianist and vocalist. She is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has led music at Christ Church PCA in Trussville, Alabama for the last seven years and has taught private lessons (voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele) for a number of years. She also loves songwriting, folk music, cooking, cats, and Fleetwood Mac.
A note from new faculty member Mary Katherine Whatley!
 
“For as long as I can remember, music has been my life. Music is one of the most beautiful gifts we have been given to help us to make sense of the world and express things we otherwise could not. Being able to give that gift of expression to my students is my favorite part of teaching music.
 
My love for music started at a very young age, playing piano by ear at the age of four and singing "before I could talk." I have had the blessing of traveling the world with choirs, singing various lead opera roles in college, and leading a wonderful group of musicians at my church. But my greatest blessing has been sharing and cultivating a love of music with students. Seeing the joy on a student's face when they accomplish a musical goal and begin to "get it" brings me so much joy. 
 
I am thrilled to have the opportunity to come alongside Dr. Fred Teardo to teach and to learn, and also to also carry on the exceptional program that Mr. Rick Phillips developed over the past thirty-plus years. I am so grateful for the opportunity to cultivate a love of music and expression at Advent as well as share the many lifelong benefits of music with the students here. It is a true blessing to become a part of the Advent family.”
 
Mary Katherine Whatley is a classically trained pianist and vocalist. She is a graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has led music at Christ Church PCA in Trussville, Alabama for the last seven years and has taught private lessons (voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele) for a number of years. She also loves songwriting, folk music, cooking, cats, and Fleetwood Mac.
 
Welcome, Mary Katherine!
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Founded in 1950 and located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, Advent Episcopal School is a coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students grades Pre-Kindergarten through 8th.