Currently the Chorus Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus, Maria has had extensive experience working with singers of all ages as a coach, director, and mentor. As a repetiteur, Fuller has coached for Cincinnati Opera, Saskatoon Opera, and will return to Saskatoon next season as Music Director.
Fuller earned an Artist Diploma in Operatic Coaching at the College-Conservatory of Music in 2017, training in multiple languages, and coaching and playing for the renown College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Opera Department. Her mentors, most notedly, include Canadian coach and pianist, Michael McMahon, Marie-France Lefebvre, piano, and Robin Guarino, stage director, from the Metropolitan Opera Company. Maria is praised for her dynamic playing, and natural ability to share joy and inspire.
In 2010, Maria attended the Franz Schubert Institute on an Austrian Society Award Scholarship, partnered with Canadian bass-baritone, Philippe Sly. While there, she and Phil worked with Julius Drake, Helmut Deutsch, Wolfgang Holzmair, Robert Holl, Barbara Bonney, and Elly Ameling, among many others. She has worked extensively on art song since with other young professional singers. In 2016, Maria was chosen as the Apprentice Opera Coach for the Against the Grain opera program in Banff, Alberta, where she coached "The Rape of Lucretia.”
As a rehearsal pianist/coach at CCM, Fuller has been on the following productions: Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel, Cosi fan Tutte, The Merry Widow, The Cunning Little Vixen, Cendrillon, and Idomeneo, and has recently conducted Mozart's La Clemenza Di Tito on CCM's Main Stage Opera. With Saskatoon Opera, Maria was main coach and music director for "The Bremen Town Musicians, and "The Scorpions Sting," by Dean Burry. With Cincinnati Opera, she coached and conducted in rehearsal, "As One," Laura Kaminsky.
Playing the piano was Maria's first love when discovering music as a child. Her training began in Saskatchewan at age 6, and her degrees in it include an BMUS from McGill University, and an MM and AD in Operatic Coaching from CCM.
Maria has performed internationally as a soloist, including appearances with the Longview Symphony, TX, Cincinnati Ballet Company, the CCM Philharmonia and Chamber Players, and the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra. As an orchestral pianist, she has performed with the Regina Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony, Richmond Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and the Cincinnati Ballet. In 2010, Maria won the principal piano position with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.
Maria has competed in several National finals competitions in Canada, receiving 2nd place twice at the Federation of Canadian Music Finals, at the Canadian Music Federation of Teachers Association, and the Canadian Music Competition. She has also won several competitions in Saskatchewan, including the Schummiature and Gordon Wallis competitions, and has won the Grand Award for the Saskatchewan Provincial Music Festival.
Maria has worked with piano stars Andre Laplante, and Lee Kum Sing at the Orford Music Academy and the Toronto Summer Music Academy Festival, has performed in masterclass for Lang Lang, at McGill University, and has had the honour of learning from and speaking with Leon Fleisher, Yuja Wang, Angela Hewitt, John Perry, and Malcom Bilson.
Maria's involvement in chamber music began at an early. By age 6, she had begun competing in marching band shows, and concert band events with the Regina Lions Band, and three years later, began accompanying her trumpet playing siblings on their engagements, and gigging with a Dixieland Band. Her family ensemble, comprised of four other trumpet players, quickly became known in Saskatchewan as the "trumpet playing family," which was fondly replaced by "Fuller Brass."
Fuller has competed twice with her piano trio, Geistrio, in the United States largest international chamber music competition: Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. The trio was also selected to compete in the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Geistrio, which means "spirit" in German, performed as a guest artists at the Mozarteum, in Austria, and in Toronto for a Toronto Summer Music Association Festival event. They also traveled for house concerts in Quebec, and Ontario.
Maria has performed with Canadian trumpeters, Jens Lindemann, Natalie Fuller, and with Canadian bass-baritone, Philippe Sly. Maria also regularly performs with Yamaha Artist, and principal trumpet of the Knoxville Symphony, Chase Hawkins.