Maria is a music teacher and a director and composer who started her piano studies in 2006, in the south of Brazil – her country of birth.
Inspired by her acquired knowledge, Maria understood that playing the piano and making music every day was what she wanted for her life, which led her to initiate a bachelors degree in Music Composition in March of 2008, at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).
In 2013, Maria received fellowships to pursue a master’s degree in music composition at University of Victoria where she continued teaching, starting also her activities as a conductor, and as a soprano specialized in contemporary music. Since then, Maria has conducted community ensembles, choirs, and the UVic orchestra, given Canadian premieres of solo vocal pieces written by renowned composers of New Music, and her music has been played in Canada, Brazil, Argentina, U.S., and The Netherlands.
As a composer, Maria believes that the act of creation is one of the most powerful teaching tools. Maria believes that imagination can trigger the learning process in students of all ages.