Maria Foot, L.Mus.A., B.Mus., Grad. Dip. Ed., a Flautist who holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Adelaide. She brings her talent, knowledge and enthusiasm along to rehearsals to inspire and guide aspiring musicians. Maria started playing the flute at age 10 and took up the cello while at secondary school. After gaining her L.Mus.A on flute, she worked as a freelance flautist, primarily in the capacity of either solo performance, flute/guitar (Duo Orfeo) or flute/violin/cello trio, encompassing a wide variety of music including classical, jazz, Latin American and popular and for 10 years did casual work with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra on Flute and Piccolo.
Duo Orfeo presented Fringe Concerts in 2011 and 2014. She studied at the Elder Conservatorium, doing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz) degree followed by a Graduate Diploma in Education. At this time, she also took up saxophone and clarinet.
In 2013 Maria attended an intensive Conducting Summer School under the tutelage of Jerry Nowak.
Maria was the 2014 winner of the Open Ballad section at the South Australian Band Championships (playing piccolo) and the 2016 winner of the Open Flute section at the National Band Championships. On two occasions she performed as soloist playing the Chaminade Flute Concertino accompanied by the City of Holdfast Bay Concert Band and in 2015 and 2016 performed the Doppler Hungarian Phantasy for 2 Flutes and Orchestra with the Burnside Symphony Orchestra.
Maria teaches flute, clarinet and saxophone and is an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board