As Director of Music and Organist for the Second Service, Mary Hamlin-Spencer brings many years of devoted church music experience to Govans, where she directs the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir.
Her previous positions include Epiphany Episcopal Church (Timonium), Ascension Lutheran Church (Towson), St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church (Ten Hills, West Baltimore), and Christ Episcopal Church (Exeter, New Hampshire). She has performed extensively in the Baltimore area, as well as in the broader mid-Atlantic and New England regions. She completed two years of extensive choral and organ study at Westminster Choir College, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from Muhlenberg College and a Master’s degree in organ performance from Towson University. After her undergraduate program, she spent a year in Paris, France, studying privately with renowned blind concert organist André Marchal.
Mary is active in several professional organizations, and has served as an officer and executive board member in both the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. She has also served as instructor in organ at Goucher College for over 30 years. In addition, she is a board-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
She and her musician husband Bill live in Cockeysville and are the proud parents of son Gilbert, a professional singer and founder/director of Bridge, an all-professional vocal ensemble.