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FAQ

How is the site’s content organized by tabs?

  1. The tabs along the top of the page: OperaRadio BroadcastsArt Songs and Sacred Music, contain pictures and representative streamed audio selections of Miss Mayer’s singing.
  2. The last tab on the right, called Biography spans her singing, and later, teaching careers from her early development and breakout discovery in Chicago through to her retirement years in California.  This period of time is broken into four chronological sub-tabs each beginning with the geographic locations (e.g., Chicago, NY, CA) and descriptions of activity.
  3. A fifth and final sub-tab under Biography lists the operas and oratorios in which Miss Mayer performed, plus the organizations and conductors with whom she collaborated.
How do I use the media streamer to play selections?

  1. After you access a sound enabled tab, click on the rightmost icon (which looks like a list) within the audio player located directly under the page title. A list of songs or arias will drop down from there from which you can select. You have the option to play the whole “set” or even to shuffle the order.

Where can I find obituaries for Margery Mayer?

  1. At the bottom of the Transition to Retirement sub-tab (under the Biography tab) is a list of obituaries posted recently in Chicago, New York and Carmel, CA. Several of these articles focus on different aspects of her professional and personal life.

Is there a designated memorial fund and how can I contribute?

  1. For those who wish to make a voluntary contribution designated specifically for the renamed Margery Mayer and Sigvart J Steen Music Award at Wagner College, New York City, on the bottom right side of the Transition to Retirement sub-tab there is a link to Wagner College Online Donations plus (soon to be added) instructions for mail addressed contributions. In honor of Margery Mayer’s contributions in the lives of all who knew her, the family is committed to enhancing this established award that has for forty years provided an annual stipend to a student who exhibits outstanding commitment to the choir and to learning the art of singing.

How do I use the media streamer to play selections?

  1. After you access a sound enabled tab, click on the rightmost icon (which looks like a list) within the audio player located directly under the page title. A list of songs or arias will drop down from there from which you can select. You have the option to play the whole “set” or even to shuffle the order.

What are the near-term plans for the site?

  1. The only selection of audio for songs, is provided from the longer listing that appears below; these represent the best audio quality or are included for historic significance or musical importance.
  2. Additional selections will be added as more audio become available (e.g., a complete Verdi Requiem with William Steinberg, conducting)
  3. After a brief testing interval plans are to add an interactive comment section for those who register (name, email). Though more content or interactive capability may be added over time, in the short term if you encounter difficulties navigating site links or in playing the recorded music please drop a note to: liederrock@gmail.com .

Why does the sound of the samples vary so much?

  1. Most of the recordings of Miss Mayer’s singing were made well before the era of hi-fidelity or stereo recording and have gone through punishing decades of use in their original forms. Remarkably, even the earliest 75 year old recordings, show the potential and musicianship of an emerging young talent barely twenty years old. Despite the many imperfections in the media, the hope is that a motivated listener will still be able to appreciate the seamless quality and musicality of Miss Mayer’s singing.

Are their platform restrictions for accessing this site?

  1. This site should be device independent in native browser form on PC Windows, Mac OS X, iPad/iPhone iOS and Works on iPads, iPhones, Android based portable devices. In addition there are clients available for iOS (Apple Store) and Android based tablets and phones. Even from the browser based iPad or iPhone it is possible to ‘Airplay’ the browser window and audio to any Apple Airplay device.

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