Maria’s flute tone is described by audiences as being beautiful, warm, soulful and rich. She plays with intense musicality and passion with a discerning sensitivity for both the music and her audience. Her piccolo playing shows the same musicality and rich tone, making for a pleasing performance that is applauded by both the audience and her fellow musicians within the orchestra.
Maria has won several scholarship awards and solo competitions and has also been invited often to perform at clinics, demonstrations and in other settings. She has performed live on both radio and television broadcasts. Her preferred musical setting is the orchestral one and she has performed with numerous orchestras, as soloist, principal flute and piccoloist. She often performs on the alto flute as well. She has also performed in the premiering and recording of several works. Her performance venues have been varied and include the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory.
Before her recent relocation to Central Massachusetts Maria was highly active in a myriad of music ensembles in Southern California. She played piccolo with the Peninsula Symphony, Culver City Symphony, the Marina del Rey Summer Symphony and the Carson City Symphony and often performed principal flute with these and various other orchestras. Maria was the principal/solo alto for the Song of the Angels Flute Choir, also playing piccolo when necessary. She performed professionally on a regular basis throughout the LA County as well as traveling to other areas throughout California.
Currently Maria freelances throughout the Greater Boston area and central Massachusetts. She has performed with the Brockton Symphony, the Concord Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica and Harmonie Transverse Flute Choir. Maria is also on faculty with the Thayer Performing Arts Center where she teaches flute lessons and direct the flute choir. In addition to performing on flute/piccolo/alto flute, Maria is also a board-certified music therapist and works with both individuals and groups, specializing in developmental disabilities and psychiatric illnesses.
Maria performs on a Muramatsu heavy wall DS model flute with a Powell 14k Aurumite headjoint; her piccolo is a 650/4 Hammig with modified wave headjoint; and she plays a Sonare AF60 alto flute with solid silver Powell headjoint.
“Maria Ramey’s piccolo delighted the audience.” (Daily Breeze Concert Review)
“Wonderful solo playing by Maria Ramey.” (Eugenia Zukerman, Review of Live at St. James)
“Maria has a beautiful tone, a secure technique, excellent intonation, and a natural musicality.” (John Farrer)
“Maria is a wonderful musician. She is also a smart, sensitive and hardworking person who is a joy to work with.” (Dr. Lawrence Sutherland)
“She is a terrific player with beautiful tone and very precise technical skills. Her musicianship is superlative in every respect.” (Dr. Gary P. Gilroy)
Private Instructors: David Shostac (Principal Flute, LACO), Tracy Harris (Yamaha Performing Artist); Nancy Ayala (Principal Flute, BSO); Teresa Beaman (Flute Instructor, CSUF); Darla Pumphrey; and Ellen Shirley.
Additional Private Lessons: Has also had lessons with Mathieu Dufour (Principal Flute, Berlin Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony), Tadeu Coelho and Janette Erickson (Principal Flute, Fresno Philharmonic).
Masterclasses Performed In: Susan Milan, Tadeu Coelho, Heather Clarke and Tracy Harris
Orchestral Experience: Brockton Symphony, Concord Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Culver City Symphony (Piccolo, Principal Flute), Marina Del Rey Summer Symphony (Piccolo),; Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra (1st and 2nd flute, picc), Tulare County Symphony Orchestra (Flute, Piccolo), Palos Verdes/Peninsula Symphony (Flute), Carson City Symphony (Piccolo), Bakersfield Youth Symphony Orchestra (Co-Principal, Piccolo), New England Youth Ensemble, Kern County Honor Orchestra (Principal), Bakersfield and Fresno City College Chamber Orchestras (Principal)
Other Ensemble Experience: Song of the Angels Flute Choir (Principal Alto and Piccolo), CSUF Wind Ensemble (Principal); CSUN Wind Ensemble (Principal); Intercollegiate Honor Band (Principal and Piccolo); FPU Wind Ensemble (Principal); CSUB Wind Ensemble; Silver Winds Flute Choir (Principal); NFA Invitational Flute Choir; Various Church Orchestras/Ensembles and chamber groups.
Full Concerto Performances With Orchestra: Vivaldi Concerto in F Major, Mozart Concerto in D Major, Kennan Night Soliloquy, Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C Major, Borne Carmen Fantasy
Awards: Concerto Performance at CSUF, 1st place Yamaha Competition Three Rivers Flute Masterclass, Bakersfield Youth Symphony Concerto Competition, Tehachapi Symphony Young Artist Concerto Competition, Second Prize Bakersfield Symphony Young Musician Scholarship Competition, Tim Hosking Scholarship, Various performance scholarships