Maria grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and attended the Cleveland Orchestra concerts as a young child. She says of the experience, “They always gave me goosebumps. I think my goosebumps were for two reasons: one, the orchestra played beautifully; and two, I could imagine myself up on an orchestra stage.”
During the day, Maria is a librarian at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, where she also plays music with some of the music faculty.
When asked was attracts her to performing in the Wilmington Symphony she says, “I have been performing in regional or community symphony orchestras for a decade, and I can't imagine stopping now! I always look for orchestras around my community. Also, the WSO plays wonderful repertoire!”
In addition to the cello, she also plays violin, viola, euphonium, and sings. At one time, she worked as a member of a string quartet on a cruise ship with colleagues she met during her masters music program. She is the only person in her family to play an instrument or sing beyond high school. When not playing music, she enjoys tennis and reading. She ran her first half marathon (Battleship Half in Wilmington) in November of 2014.
Beverly Andrews, Co-Concertmaster
Christine Meyer, Co-Concertmaster
Mary Jo White