Mary Fran Cassidy is the Founder and Director of The Dublin Singers. She says, “I can’t ever remember a time when I didn’t sing and play the piano. Both of my parents sang, my mom was my first piano teacher and my dad was my first voice teacher and choral conductor coach. My brother and I sang together, with my mom accompanying and my dad coaching, from the time I was five until I left home. Until he died, my dad was always my best coach and my best critic.”
Professionally, Mary Fran graduated from Silver Lake College with a BA in English and Music and pursued graduate work in music at Silver Lake, Kent State and Penn State Universities. She had the good fortune to participate in workshops with Fred Waring, Norman Luboff, Paul Salamunovich, John Rutter and Robert Shaw. As a longtime member of the American Choral Directors Association and The Ohio Choral Directors Association, she attends annual conferences and has had the privilege of continuing education with the likes of Weston Noble and Dale Warland. She served on the board of Ohio Choral Directors Association as Community Chorus Chairperson, regional representative, and secretary. Before founding The Dublin Singers in 1996, Mary Fran was a member of The Cambridge Singers of Ohio from 1975 until 1997, and served as director from 1980-1997. In addition, she was a church choir director for over fifteen years. In addition to conducting, Mary Fran is a composer and arranger.
Currently, Mary Fran is Director of Religious Education at St. Brigid of Kildare Parish in Dublin, Ohio, where she is also a cantor, organist, and choir member. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from Ohio Dominican University.