Mary Lou Kapp Peeples earned her music degrees at Salem College and the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Margaret and John Mueller, and Russell Sanders. She has performed numerous recitals in the United States and France, including a recital at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York. Her performances have been heard on National Public Radio and on Alabama and North Carolina Public Radio. She was selected by internationally renowned organist Marie-Clair Alain to study privately with her in Paris for two years. During this time she served as assistant organist/choirmaster for Susan Landale at St. George’s Anglican Church in Paris, as harpsicord accompanist for flute studenst of Jean-Pierre Rampal, and was nominated for the finals in the Chartres International Organ Competition.
Mrs. Kapp Peeples was the subject of a feature article entitled Outstanding Alabamians in Alabama magazine. For more than twenty years, she and her husband Wade were Professors of Music at Judson College, where they received several wards for teaching excellence. Mary Lou comes from a long line of organist who have served the Bethania Moravian Church, including her great-great grandfather, Eugene Christian Lehman. As a youth, her father Reverend John H. Kapp pumped the bellows for the 1774 Bulitschek Organ, then housed in Bethania Moravian Church.
Mary Lou shares a unique relationship with Calvary Moravian Church since many of her Kapp cousins were and continue to be, members of this congregation.