Significant teachers and mentors:
Several of Ms. Schwartz's significant teachers/mentors include: Joshua Smith, Mary Kay Fink, Kenneth Andrews, and Berta Frank.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Maria Schwartz is inspired by her studies/practice, her colleagues, and her students. She has received Suzuki training with David Gerry, Noelle Perrin, and Kelly Williamson at the Great Lakes Suzuki Institute. Maria holds the position of second flute with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and New Philharmonic. She has previously performed with the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Northbrook Symphony, Oistrach Symphony, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago. Ms. Schwartz is a founding member of Chicago based flute quartet, ChiFlutes. As a frequent collaborator with Tempest Winds, she is also involved with The Yellow Book Project for woodwind quintet.
Interests outside of music:
Maria is a proud supporter of National Geographic and WTTW/PBS. She is currently learning how to play tennis and slowly improving upon her cooking skills.
Favorite composer or piece to play:
Maria's favorite composer is Johannes Brahms. She began listening to his four symphonies in high school.