Mary Adelyn Kauffman’s remarkable journey in the realm of music spans multiple facets, from being a skilled conductor and vocal coach to a highly proficient pianist. Having pursued master’s and doctoral degrees in Collaborative Piano at the University of Miami, she honed her craft unwavering dedication. Her musical aspirations led her to become a young artist at the
Greater Miami Opera and collaborate with the esteemed Miami City Ballet before embarking on a nearly two-decade-long musical sojourn in Germany. During her time in Germany, Mary conducted musical theater and opera productions in private and public theaters, while also nurturing both amateur and professional singers and musicians through her work with adult and youth choirs and instrumental ensembles. Driven by a deep desire to explore the profound impact of music on human emotions and well-being, Mary returned to Miami to pursue a master’s degree and board certification in Music Therapy, including Neurologic Music Therapy certification. Her compassionate spirit and expertise in music therapy now find expression at the Cancer Support Services team at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she provides solace and healing to patients, staff, and caregivers. Collaborating with colleagues in various disciplines, Mary actively engages in research exploring the transformative effects of music performance and listening on mental and physical wellness. In addition to her therapeutic endeavors, Mary remains an active pianist, conductor, and vocal coach, leaving a lasting impression on the South Florida music community. With her deep appreciation for Jewish music, she brings joy and a melodious accompaniment to Shabbat services every Friday evening at TAKE, affectionately known as «the friendliest Temple in the universe”!