As one of New York City's in-demand voice teachers, Mary Alouette works with students from Apollo Theatre competition-winning professionals and BMI recording artists and songwriters to beginners who want to improve their singing, playing, and writing music for pleasure. She has experience with both men and women of various ages and musical experience. She is a seasoned New York technical voice, piano, guitar, songwriting, and music production teacher and performer with experience performing many different styles of music.
She has led workshops with the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Music Center at Strathmore, Washington Performing Arts, and Bethesda Writer's Center. She has worked with the top vocal teachers including Jeremiah Abiah, Ron Browning, Grace Gori, Thérèse Sevadjian, Winston Purdy, Stefano Algieri, Alfonse Andersson, Martha Randall, and coaches Dana Nigrim, Michael McMahon, and Robert Thies. She studied piano in Cuba with master pianist Odalys Villavicencio Valls, amongst other instructors. Mary Alouette's guitar studies were honed with various jazz professionals in New York City and Samois sur Seine, France. She held an audio engineering apprenticeship at Ishlab Studio in New York City.
She holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance with special studies in digital composition from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, received classical and pop training from a young age, and continues to study vocal pedagogy. She works primarily in New York City at her studio in midtown Manhattan as well as via Skype. Alarke is a member of the New York Singing Teachers' Association (NYSTA).
“As an opera student at McGill University in Montreal, Mary Alouette AKA Alarke developed an interest that didn’t necessarily correspond to her studies: electronic music. It took moving to Brooklyn and embarking on a career as a gypsy jazz singer to finally bring electronica into the mix…” – The Washington Post
New York City-based art pop singer and songwriter Mary Alouette is an uncommon display of passion and innovation at every turn. Fans describe her as “the alternative Björk” and compare her also to Lorde, Grimes, and Joanna Newsom.
In a sea of pop, Mary Alouette stands out with her compelling twist of experiences as an international opera singer turned a Gypsy jazz singer mesmerizing audiences from the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to Gypsy caravans in Samois sur Seine, France, to working as an audio engineer to pop artists in New York City, to performing her own original music at the Kennedy Center and Blues Alley in Washington D.C.
Mary most recently worked in a refugee camp in Greece as the music director for an Arabic production of Shakespeare's The Tempest alongside colleagues who are the talent and creative team members in major Broadway, film, and television productions. In 2017, she created month-long artist retreat in Havana, Cuba to study & compose music, paint, write, and record her fifth original album. There, she also collaborated on a Cuban hip hop album and performed at Havana’s premier cultural venue, Fabrica de Arte. Her artistry and songwriting workshops have won her an Artist-in-Residence position at the Music Center at Strathmore in 2012, a songwriting workshop platform with Washington Performing Arts (2015-2016), and a SU-CASA Artist-in-Residence position 2017 with the Brooklyn Arts Council. She is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she studied classical voice and digital composition.
Her debut self-released EP Midas (2012) received critical acclaim, landing her New Artist of the Year and Best Debut Album with the Washington Area Music Association. Her song “O, Be I Your Bluebird” placed as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition.
The Lark (EP), released in 2013, won her the Grand Prize in the Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition with the Washington Area Music Association for her song, “Lionheart.”
2016 was very successful year for Mary Alouette as she released her third album, Grace (under the name Alarke), that has influences of electronic pop, classical music, and Gypsy jazz. She also released a fourth EP, a tropical electronic collaborative project called Elkin + Alarke with producer Elkin Pautt. Elkin + Alarke combines Colombian and world music flavors with electronic dance beats reminiscent of the band Little Dragon.
Mary Alouette has performed at the Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza; at the Kennedy Center's Opera House with the Washington National Opera under the baton of Maestro Placido Domingo, their Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra, and at their Millennium Stage; at Blues Alley; with the Choral Arts Society and the National Symphony Orchestra for the US Capitol's 4th of July celebration on the Mall supporting Stevie Wonder and Jason Alexander, amongst others., Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and has composed two live film scores at Nitehawk Cinema in New York City. She sang the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball teams and DC United Major League Soccer team over two dozen times. She performed at the Apollo Theater's Amateur Night National Tour at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. Her opera singing brought her to perform at American Institute for Musical Studies in Austria and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, and her Gypsy jazz singing led her to perform with Stochelo Rosenberg and Stephane Wrembel. Mary Alouette also featured as a lead voiceover role for the Wii video game Boogie Superstar by Electronic Arts (EA Games).
Other Past venues include CMJ, Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, Artisphere, Babycastles, the Bitter End, Blues Alley, Cherry Blast Festival, Glasslands, Iota, Manhattan Inn, Muchmore’s, Rockwood, Sofar Sounds, the Music Center and the Mansion at Strathmore, Fabrica de Arte (Havana, Cuba), amongst others.