Pianist and Coach
Described as “unique and riveting” by Harmonie magazine, American pianist Mariah Boucher has distinguished herself as a leading collaborator, specializing in chamber music and vocal coaching. Active as a chamber musician and piano soloist, Mariah has performed in venues across the United States, including the Aspen Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, Detroit Institute of the Arts, and West Michigan Symphony Series.
Mariah is a strong proponent of new music. She has worked closely with contemporary composers, including Gabriela Lena Frank, Pierre Jalbert, Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Roger Zare, and Logan Skelton. Mariah has also worked with the Kresge Literary Fellow Terry Blackhawk, presenting her poetry with newly commissioned music at the Art X Festival, as well as poets Marsha Music and Justin Rogers. She is also a founding member of the Protea Trio, focusing on works that blend Latin, jazz, vocal, and contemporary influences. Protea debuted to critical acclaim in 2013 at Trinosophes, where they were described by the Detroit Metro Times “a new trio of top-drawer musicians”.
As an opera and art song coach, Mariah had coached and performed at such festivals as the Spoleto Music Program, Italian Operatic Experience, Main Street Opera Theater, and Opera on Wheel. She is the Music Director of the South Bend Lyric Opera, and she frequently performs alongside faculty members at University of Michigan, Indiana University South Bend, Notre Dame University, and Bethel College.
Mariah received both her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in Collaborative Piano, where she studied with Martin Katz, Logan Skelton and Katherine Collier. Mariah currently serves as Staff Accompanist at Indiana University South Bend, as well as a Vocal Coach at The University of Notre Dame.