Mary Saunders-Barton— Musical Theatre Voice Teacher, Actress, Cabaret Performer and Workshop Leader

Musical Theatre Voice Teacher

Head of Voice for Penn State Musical Theatre BFA Program

In addition, Mary is an  actress and cabaret performer. She maintains a Manhattan studio for professional singers and is frequently invited to present musical theatre workshops in the US, Canada, the UK and...

  • Mary Saunders gives women a technique for singing that readies them to live and work in today's musical theatre. She gets results and does so with grace and clarity. This is a great teacher.

    —Craig Carnelia, Broadway composer/lyricist, renowned acting teacher

  • Mary Saunders is without doubt one of the most articulate and effective voices in this rapidly emerging and still evolving field.

    —Gregory Berg, NATS Journal of Singing

  • Wow! What an exciting couple of days! I felt like you invested your workshop for our students with as much energy and enthusiasm and focus as you had given at the national convention in front of people from all over the world.

    —Marilyn Govich, Oklahoma


Bel Canto Can Belto

Teaching Women To Sing Musical Theatre - the DVD

“For any anxious voice teacher who needs to be introduced to the world of music theater singing, this is a marvelous place to begin.”

—Gregory Berg, NATS Journal of Singing

  • ...a dynamic tool designed to stimulate thinking about a tremendously exciting field and an emerging pedagogy. Mary Saunders is to be commended for her superlative work in the genre and for putting this DVD together with such evident thought and care. 

    —Gregory Berg, NATS Journal of Singing


Students in Performance

Graduates of the Penn State BFA performing in their senior year.

Here's a sampling of some of my students performing in the senior year of their BFA studies. They are now all young professionals. Some are on Broadway and some are on tour. I love my job!

  • If I could recommend only one voice teacher in the world to a young student of musical theatre, I wouldn't have to think twice. Mary Saunders would be my immediate choice.

    —Joan Melton, Ph.D., ADVS, author of One Voice: Integrating Singing Technique and Theatre Voice Training