Maria grew up in rural Kentucky and began playing the flute at age 9. She holds a B.M. in Music Performance from the University of Kentucky and a M.A. in Music Performance from New York University. Her private teachers have included Gary Shocker, Gordon Cole, and Lisa McArthur. Additionally, she attended classes at NYU with flutists Robert Dick and Keith Underwood.
While at NYU Steinhardt, she won the school's annual Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the NYU Wind Ensemble. Maria spent the summer of 2007 at NYU Florence, where she studied 20th century repertoire, free improvisation, and extended technique with the internationally acclaimed Roberto Fabbriciani, who was in residence at NYU during that year. She also collaborated with composers from the Conservatorio Cherubini and performed with the NYU New Music and Dance Ensemble under the direction of Esther Lamneck and choreographer Douglas Dunn, which is in-residence at NYU Florence each summer.
Shortly after graduation, Maria was invited to rejoin the University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble for their tour of China. The ensemble performed in Suzhou, Changzhou, and Yangzhou as part of the Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations, and in Beijing, where they were hosted by the P.L.A. Military Band.
Maria joined the faculty of the Pre-college Division of the Long Island Conservatory in 2008. She also teaches at Mike Risko Music School in Westchester County and the Woodwind School of Music in Flushing. She performs with the Astoria Symphony, the NY Symphonic Arts Ensemble, and the Harbor Opera.
In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and literature. To read more about her, please visit www.mjflute.com.