Mary “Bailey Bristol” Schwaner
Coloratura Soprano...Artistic Director...Computer Guru...Author
Granddaughter of a concert violinist, Mary began her musical career in elementary school with the family string quartet, but gave up the violin to study opera at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. There she performed many leading roles for the School of Music opera department before completing her Master’s Degree in 1971.
Mary devoted much time in the past thirty years to performing, directing and promoting musical endeavors throughout Alabama, California and Nebraska. She spent four years as founder and Artistic Director of the Young People’s Pocket Opera in Alabama. A move to California resulted in four years as Founder/Artistic Director of the Lake Forest Showboaters, a community music theatre company in Mission Viejo. Indulging her special interest in building audiences for the opera, Mary composed an opera for second graders called The Koala Bear Opera, a musical reading of James and the Giant Peach, and has produced more than a dozen Summer Stage Magic music theatre workshops for children. Most recently she appeared in her comic diva routine as Madame Goldentrill with world-renowned tenor, George Dyer.
In Mary’s “other life”, she is a computer tech support specialist and has worked as Web Developer for the Nebraska Legislature, for a major Omaha architectural-engineering firm, for The National Arbor Day Foundation, and as Director of Web and Media Arts for a local mega-church.
In her retirement she is owner of Prairie Muse Publishing and makes it possible for other authors to experience the joy of seeing their work published. She exercises her graphic arts skills by creating video book trailers and memorial videos. Her book cover design services are much sought after.
Writing as Bailey Bristol, Mary has published her first two novels, both set in America of the 1890's. She debuted as an author with LOVE WILL FOLLOW, and followed it with Book One in her Samaritan Files trilogy, THE DEVIL'S DIME. Book Two, A GILDED CAGE, will be released in the summer of 2015. She is a writer of historical romantic suspense.
Mary's enduring motto has graced her refrigerator for many years:
"May you have the vision and the voice
to find new songs to sing."