Mary Carole Truitt - Retiree Tributes - McDonogh School

Mary Carole Truitt

If you have been part of a Lower School Halloween celebration during the past 25 years, you probably remember standing at your seat and happily belting out the answer to the eternal question, “Who you gonna call?” This is the kind of energy and joy that Carole Truitt brought to the Lower School music program for more than 27 years.

Carole first came to McDonogh in 1988, succeeding the legendary Marshall Anders. She continued Marshall’s legacy of making beautiful music with children, but added unique melodies of her own. She assembled a choir that included every child who wanted to join. She also created a bell choir for third and fourth graders and introduced handbell ringing to second graders.

She was instrumental in helping the Christmas Chapel evolve into an inclusive celebration of our students’ diverse religious traditions. Carole also developed a recorder program for all third and fourth graders, and it is now a tradition that third graders play their recorders just before the fourth grade processes down the hill to Childs Memorial for Closing Ceremony.

Eager to have her students experience the pride and joy that come from successful performances, Carole prepared and supported hundreds of children as they sang and played for Founder’s Day, Headmaster’s Day, Memorial Day, Adventure with the Arts Day, Grandparents’ Day, All-School Choral Concerts, and countless assemblies, chapel programs, open houses, and classroom plays. By any measure, the Lower School’s musical performance program under Carole’s direction was a resounding success!

Carole has given generously of her time and talent to McDonogh School.  She has opened her heart to hundreds of students and shared with them her love of music in all its forms. She has instructed, conducted, accompanied, and applauded those students. Today, we thank Carole for taking us all on a magical, musical journey and we wish her a happy, healthy retirement.