|Mary Ann Joyce-Walter was born in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in theory and composition from Washington University, St. Louis, after which she moved to the New York City area where she has remained. She is an active composer and a Professor of Music at Manhattanville College. Her works have been performed at international festivals in Europe and Russia, as well as many parts of the United States. In Anguish and in Hope-a Psalm for Today, was commissioned and recently performed by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble at Earl Hall, Columbia University, New York City. A recently-commissioned piece for SATB and piano, In Anguish and in Hope-a Psalm for Today, was performed on June 9, 2006 by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble at Earl Hall, Columbia University, New York City. Other recent performances of her works during the past year include Aceldama for solo flute and string ensemble premiered by the Antara Ensemble, New York City; The Little Vagabond (Wm. Blake) for soprano and piano, at the Round Top Center for the Arts, and the Live Poets Society; and Gothic Fantasy for solo piano and Winter Weather Advisory (Ann Silsbee, poet) at Greenwich House, New York City. Cantata for the Children of Terezin for orchestra, chorus and children's choir was recently selected by Editions de la Rue Margot (ERM) to be included in the CD series Masterworks of the New Era. The CD will be available in summer 2008. Mary Ann lists her influential teachers as A. Foster Sonderskov, John. J. Bezdek, Anna T. Walsh, Rosalyn Tureck, Robert Wykes, and Paul Pisk. Her works are published by Pioneer Drama and Gold Branch, and recorded by ERM-Media, Capstone and Pioneer Drama. She is a member of ASCAP, American Composers Forum, New York Women Composers, and the American Music Center.