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Mariah Spiry is in her third year at Mansfield, and she looks forward to continuing the MHS Choir's tradition of excellence! Mariah is proud to have grown up in the Texas public school system in Arlington ISD. She attended Ellis Elementary, Nichols Junior High, and Lamar High School, where she participated in both choir and orchestra. She credits her choir and orchestra directors for instilling in her a passion for music, teaching, and being a life-long learner.

Mariah holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music Education in Choral Music from Baylor University and Florida State University, respectively. During her undergraduate time at Baylor, she studied choral pedagogy, literature, and conducting with Dr. Lynne Gackle. While at Baylor, Ms. Spiry served as a guest harpist for all major ensembles and several community churches. Through the Summer MME program at FSU, she continued her graduate study of choral pedagogy, literature, and conducting techniques from Dr. Judy Bowers, Dr. Kevin Fenton, and Dr. André Thomas. Through her graduate work, she was thrilled to learn alongside fellow music educators from around Texas, the states, and throughout the world. 

Choirs under Mariah's direction consistently earn superior results at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Evaluation. Showchoirs under her direction have also received superior and best in class at contests and festivals. She focuses on student-centered choral education, where every member of a choir program is an invaluable part of the whole. She is thankful for her previous students and experiences teaching at Seguin High School in AISD and Creekview High School in CFBISD.

Mariah maintains active memberships in the American Choral Director’s Association, the Texas Choral Director’s Association, and the Texas Music Educator’s Association. She lives in Carrollton with her husband Gabe Edwards, who is a music minister and tenor vocalist himself. They enjoy their time at home making music and living with their adorable pets.

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