The Welsh Congregation of New York City is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Mary Nelson as its Music Director commencing in September 2014.
Mary is a native of Minnesota. She began her church music career in the seventh grade. In addition to playing for Lutheran services, she played the German service once a month!
Mary holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters’ Degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music and has done additional post graduate work at the Laudinella Institute in Switzerland and at the Julliard School.
Mary has held organ positions in the Midwest, Northeast, and prior to coming to Rutgers Presbyterian Church, she was also an assistant organist at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in NYC. Mary teaches Choral and Classroom Music full time at the Fairfield Country Day School in Connecticut.
Mary's husban, Jim (James Balmer) is not a stranger to Eglwys y Cymry, having attended services with Mary. They have traveled in Wales, including St. David’s City, to explore Jim’s Welsh background and look forward to returning soon! A native of Pennsylvania, Jim’s grandfather was a coal miner. Jim holds a B.A., M.A. and is in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate in Music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
The congregation formally introduced and welcomed Ms. Nelson at its September 14, 2014 Worship.