Following her MM in Piano Performance, Maria was approached by staff of the Metropolitan Opera Company, who were also her mentors at the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), with the invitation to study operatic coaching in an Artist Diploma. They admired her "big playing," remarkable ability to play complex Strauss scores at first sight, as well as her charisma and joy of working with singers.
Maria is currently the Resident Conductor with the Thunder Bay Symphony, and the Chorus Director of the Thunder Bay Symphony Chorus. She 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.
In 2010, Maria attended the Franz Schubert Institute on an Austrian Society Award Scholarship, partnered with Canadian bass-baritone, Philippe Sly. While there, they 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.”
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.
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, 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.