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


April 2017 retirement tribute

On June 19, 2017 nearly 100 graduates of the PSU Musical Theatre BFA gathered in person and/or via video at Shapeshifter Lab in Park Slope, Brooklyn,to offer a deeply moving tribute to Mary in appreciation of her on the occasion of her retirement.They sang, they sang, they...


Bel Canto Can Belto

  • (Reviewing "Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre", Gregory Berg said)...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, reviewing "Teaching Women to Sing Musical Theatre"


Students in Performance

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

Here's a sampling of some Penn State grads in performance. Some are now on tour, some are working in regional theatres and some are on Broadway.

  • 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