News & Future Events
NFA Young Artist Competition Coordinator
Maria has been appointed as the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition Coordinator. This appointment will start on November 2022 until 2026.
See you at the NFA!
Maria will be very active at this year's NFA Convention in Chicago.
Thursday August 11, 1:30pm
Performing with Evangelina Reyes, winner of the Myrna Brown Scholarship Winner. Maria will join Ms. Reyes performing flute chamber works by Mexican composers along with Mariana Gariazzo and Nicaulis Alliey.
Friday August 12, 12:45pm
Please join Maria in her lecture recital "Searching for Balance in the Flute Repertoire: Latin American Sonatas and Sonatinas." Works programmed: Sonatina by Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (Brazil), Sonatina by Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca (Peru), Sonata by Andrés Eloy Rodríguez (Venezuela) and Sonata by Roberto Sierra (Puerto Rico) .
Sunday August 14, 9am
Maria will be one of the judges of the Junior Artist Competition.
Thursday August 11- Sunday August 14, 10-5:30pm
You can find Maria in the Muramatsu Flutes Booth . Stop by and say Hello!
Nief-Norf Contemporary Music Festival Faculty!
From June 5-19 Maria will be serving as faculty of the Nief-Norf contemporary music festival, coaching and performing wonderful new works. For more information visit https://www.niefnorf.org/
Knoxville Chamber Music Society- April 30, 2022
Maria will be performing the Debussy Sonata for flute, viola and harp with Violist Hillary Herndon and Harpist Cindy Hicks.
Join her and all other performers at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 7pm
Pilgrims Progress Suite by Greg Tardy
Joining Jazz Saxophonist Greg Tardy and his chamber orchestra, Maria will perform Greg's own work based on the Pilbrims Progress. Performances in Ashville, NC March 29 and Knoxville, TN on March 30.
Maria is one of the judges of the first round of the prestigious 2021 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.
Maria will be the woodwind chamber music coordinator at the Sewanee Music Festival this summer 2021!
Maria will be presenting at the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Flute Festival her lecture recital titled "Because We Care: A Perspective on Diverse Programing"
As part of the Diversity Taskforce of the School of Music at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville Maria has created and curated the Spotlight on Diversity Series, a safe space for faculty and students to share their projects and initiatives on diversity and start a conversation that would inspired and educate others to develop diversity initiatives. These virtual gatherings will happen twice a month from February 24 to April 28, 2021.
Maria has been invited to teach virtual flute masterclasses at the Sewanee Music Festival WinterFest
Maria is launching the first Vols Flute Fest (VFF), a 2-day virtual festival (Nov. 6-7) offering presentations, masterclasses, workshops and recitals. Prof. Amy Porter is the guest artist of the first VFF. https://music.utk.edu/flutefest/
Maria was asked to write an article for the Flute Specialists Blog. You can read her ideas on diversity in her article Because we Care: a View on Diversity, found here: https://www.flutespecialists.com/because-we-care-a-view-on-diversity-by-dr-maria-f-castillo/
Maria has been invited by Muramatsu America to perform on her 9K SR Muramatsu Flute at the 2020 Exhibitor Showcase of the National Flute Association Summer Series. In partnership with her organization, LAMI, she performs the US premier of the Sonata for flute and piano, Op.1 by Venezuelan composer Andrés Eloy Rodríguez.
Maria was chosen as one of the 2020-2021 Mellon Public Engagement in the Humanities Fellows from the University of Michigan. She will be developing LAMI and its initiatives.
March 2, 2020
Maria has been appointed Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She will start her position on the Fall 2020.
December 2, 2019
Recording session for LAMI CD: Venezuela en Flauta
Recording of 2 woodwind Quintet pieces by Venezuelan composers Inocente Carreño (1968) and Andrés Eloy Rodriguez (2019)- commissioned by LAMI.
@ First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, MI
October 1, 2019
We are excited to share this new organization with all of you. Régulo Stabilito and I came up with the idea to create the Latin American Music Initiative when we moved to the United States from our home country, Venezuela, and realized how little the Latin American repertoire is performed and known outside of its own borders. In the process of understanding why this was, we came up with a series of ideas to offer solutions to the obstacles for Latin American Music to be known. By finding old, lost works, editing, recording, performing them, and lecturing about these works, we are confident this incredible repertoire will be included, not only in the performance programs of instrumentalists, but in the works to be taught at educational institutions around the world.
Would you be like to perform or hear any of this works? We hope you join us in this wonderful quest to give Latin American works a strong presence in the music world! www.laminitiative.org