Mary Knickle

Mary Knickle
Region: Atlantic
Mary Knickle


Mary studied music at Acadia University including 4 years of counterpoint. After graduating she studied acting, singing and dancing at the Banff School of Fine Arts and then in New York City for two years ay the American Musical Dramatic Academy. She performed plays, musicals and operas and then began writing songs. She continued studies in songwriting, poetry and 2 years of creative writing and later in composition. She wrote vocal and instrumental arrangements for different celtic bands. She collaborated in musicals and collective creations. She released 3 albums, the second recorded by CBC. She has received honours and semi-finalist in two prestigious song-writing contests out of the UK and her latest album Weave received national recognition.

Mary combined all of her experiences and focussed this energy into creating larger works.

Hailed as a “talented composer” by Opera Canada Magazine, her opera Morgan le Fay received a rave review. Miryam, a musical drama for voices and string quartet, uses Sephardic influences and her Seafarers’ Requiem for SATB Chorus and soloists received high acclaim and national recognition on CBC radio. In 2016 she attended LAMP Academy’s 10 day intensive composer workshop and on December 6th, 2017 her 15 minute choral piece on the Halifax Explosion was performed on the 100th anniversary of the explosion at St. Matthews Church in Halifax to a full house and standing applause. She is currently writing a musical based on the novel by Sheldon Currie “The Cape Breton’s Miner’s Museum” and Wendy Lil’s play of the same name. She continues to write art songs and choral pieces.

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