Maria Johnson holds a B.M. in Music Performance, Flute from the University of Kentucky and a M.A. in Music Performance in Flute from New York University. Her primary teacher is Gary Shocker. In addition, she attended classes at NYU with flutists Robert Dick and Keith Underwood.
While at NYU, she won the school's annual Wind and Percussion Concerto Competition and performed as a soloist with the NYU Wind Ensemble. During the summer of 2007, she spent a semester in Florence, where she studied 20th century repertoire, free improvisation, and extended technique with Roberto Fabbriciani. 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.
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 SUNY Old Westbury / Long Island Conservatory in 2008. She also teaches privately in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. She has recently performed with the Astoria Symphony, Opera for Humanity Orchestra, Harbor Opera, Four Celtic Women, and in off-Broadway shows.
In her spare time, she enjoys yoga and literature.
A recent performance given by myself and other Brooklyn-based musicians is now available in streamin...