Spotlight on Performance - Mary Liao

Mary Liao is a renowned handbell soloist with 35 years of advanced solo & ensemble experience. She received her Math degree from UCLA, and applied 3-Dimensional (XYZ) concept to invent the "Perpendicular 6-in-hand" technique. Mary is a current & founding member of Pacific Bells Handbell Ensemble, and also a current member of Timbre Ensemble. Mary currently serves as the Handbell Director for East Valley Handbell Ensemble (Walnut, CA), and handbell instructor at Arcadia Community Church (Arcadia, CA).

Mary has taught Ensemble & Technique Classes at Handbell Musicians of America National Conference, Area 12 Conference, and Southern California workshops. She also performs at various venues throughout U.S., Canada, and Taiwan. New for this year, Mary started four new handbell groups in September 2016. She has taught over 50 new ringers this past school year (2016-2017) and found a new use of her solo skills. One teaching strategy Mary has found useful is she doubles the melody all the way through the piece, to help her new ringers to stay on the same measure.

Malmark looks forward to following Mary's new groups and sharing some of her ideas for teaching beginners with you in the future.

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