Mary Thienes Schünemann was a committed musician, teacher, mother, and homemaker. As a singer, composer, and music educator, Mary used her love for teaching as a way to bring song and sound into people's lives.
She was the musical instructor for Lifeways North America, the president of the Rafael Foundation of New Impulses in Music and the co-director with Shea Darian of the women's vocal ensemble, Avalon A Cappella. Mary's musical mission lead her to found Naturally you can Sing Productions, designed for people who have a desire to connect or re-connect to the joy of singing and bring this joy into the lives of their children and young charges. Mary passed away in 2007 after a long battle with cancer. She was 47.