Mary Grace Ellerbee
Mary Grace Ellerbee is a prize-winning collaborator from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been
active in that community for a decade as a choir accompanist, partner, and pit musician for many shows at her local community theatre and second home, Theatre Baton Rouge
Prior to COVID-19, she was contracted as a summer collaborative pianist for the Theatre department at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She currently resides in Michigan, where she serves as a collaborative pianist with Ann Arbor Youth Chorale and maintains a freelance career throughout the Lansing-Detroit area.
Ms. Ellerbee’s performances have spanned two continents. Notably, she gave her European
debut in recital as both a collaborator and soloist in Vienna, Austria. In the States, she performed with tubist Evan Zegiel at New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida for his Solo Spotlight recital with the New World Symphony, and she has given many solo performances in her hometown of Baton Rouge. Recent engagements as a collaborative pianist include virtual recitals with 5pm Series entitled, "Dinner Theatre: A Quarantine Cabaret," and a May 2021 virtual recital benefitting Hurricane Laura relief for Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Mary Grace earned her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Louisiana State
University on full scholarship. Her primary teachers include Gregory Sioles, Ana Maria Otamendi, Willis Delony, and Katherine Collier. She is an alumna of The Collaborative Piano Institute and Brevard Music Center.
Mary Grace is also a private teacher, adjudicator, and researcher. She is a teacher at Expressions
Music Academy, located in Detroit, MI, and at Through The Staff, an online platform that provides free virtual music lessons to young musicians across the country who could otherwise not afford or have access to them.
In 2019, under the guidance of Dr. Pamela Pike, Mary Grace presented group research at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) national conference and individual research at the Louisiana MTNA conference.