With humor, grace, and cabaret vocal stylings of yesteryear, Maureen Andary delights listeners at intimate venues and festivals alike. A Songwriter with a Creative Writing degree from New York University and musical theater training, she performs with the composure of an actor and the tenacity of a practiced poet, commanding the audience with every breath.
Audiences find Maureen performing throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeastern, & Southeastern Region as one half of Award Winning duo The Sweater Set. With The Sweater Set, she has won five Washington Area Music Awards, served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed at such distinguished venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Mansion at Strathmore, The Birchmere, and Lincoln Center.
When she released her debut album, Maureen was selected as a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, competing in the live finals on the Mountain Stage, and was a 2009 finalist in the MidAtlantic Song Contest. She has won several grant awards for her songwriting and performance including 2014, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Fellowships with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.
Maureen has been a faculty member and performer at the 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2019 Strathmore Ukefest teaching Note Reading for Ukulele, Pop arrangement, Voice, and Novices alongside Grammy Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer as well as nationally touring acts Lil' Rev, Gerald Ross, The Hula Honeys, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, and Stuart Fuchs.
Maureen relishes in the opportunity to share the joy of music with her ongoing ukulele group classes at the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD and Takoma Ranch in Takoma, DC, Private songwriting and music lessons, Kids Group classes at Strathmore's Spring Break Camp, and private guitar & ukulele students at Middle C Music in Tenleytown, DC.
In addition to being a performer and music educator Maureen has worked extensively as an events producer and logistical coordinator including stints at Bryant Park Corporation in Midtown Manhattan, the DC Jazz Festival, and local film production companies and political advance teams in Washington, DC. Adding to her dynamic skill set, she is a licensed realtor specializing in first time home buyers. She is particularly passionate about helping musicians and self employed creatives buy homes in the greater Washington area to secure their future wealth and well being. You can visit maureenloveshomes.com to read more about her Real Estate mission.
Visit www.thesweaterset.com to hear the duo which she so proudly shares with Washington, DC based songwriter and performer Sara Curtin.