Mary Ann Wydra
Mary Ann Wydra is Master Director of the Alamo Metro Chorus in San Antonio, TX., where she has been directing since they chartered in l988. They are nine-time Regional Champions and have competed also ten times at International. The Chorus has made the Top Ten at International twice. She is a long-time member of Sweet Adelines and has sung in three Regional Championship quartets, in three different voice parts. One of her quartets, the Crystal Aires, were 4th and 5th place International Medalists. She has also coached many quartets over the years, including several Regional Championship ones.
She is a Certified Music Arranger and her original composition/arrangement, “The Winner’s Song” has been published by Sweet Adelines, along with “It’s Time to Sing Sweet Adeline Again”, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”, “They Never Told Me”(another original), and “A Friend of Yours”. Her original song/arrangement of “Let There Be Music” is the title song on Alamo Metro’s cd. She wrote and arranged the theme song of her former Region, “From the Heart of America”. Mary Ann also is a Certified Music Judge for Sweet Adelines at the Regional and International levels and has served on International panels in England, Sweden and New Zealand. She served as the Girl's Clinician at the Youth Barbershop Harmony Festival held at Roosevelt High School in San Antonio September 19, 2009, where 205 middle and high school girls participated in this highly successful endeavor. She and her Music Team were also the girl's clinicians at the 2011 Festival.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mary Ann directed her first Regional Championship Chorus there years ago. She has lived in San Antonio, TX for 25 years and is a mother to four grown children and eight grandchildren.