A gifted and versatile educator, Mary Jo specializes in voice technique, improvisation and ear training. She holds a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University, a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Missouri, and a Music Diploma from Grant McEwan College.
Since 1984, Mary Jo has been performing coast to coast in the U.S. with her own Quartet and groups as diverse as the Kansas City Street Band, The Jim Weidner Orchestra, and the eclectic Chateau Debris. Her original blues fusion projects have earned grants, production awards, and radio and television appearances. She has also worked extensively in artist development, as a staff producer at Benchmark Sound Studios in Atlanta, and as a voice and song writing coach for LaFace Records artists.