News

April 2021

Maria is one of the Muramatsu Flutes Guest Artist in the Mimosas with Muramatsu event. Here is more information:  Muramatsu America invites you to Mimosas with Muramatsu a free virtual cocktail hour and Q&A session with guest artists Maria Castillo, Beatriz Macías, and Sharon Sparrow! Sunday, April 18th at 1pm EDT - limited spots & registration required at https://mimosaswithmuramatsu.paperform.co.

March 2021

Maria is one of the judges of the first round of the prestigious 2021 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

March 2021

Maria will be the woodwind chamber music coordinator at the Sewanee Music Festival this summer 2021!

February 2021

Maria will be presenting at the 2021 Mid-Atlantic Flute Festival her lecture recital titled "Because We Care: A Perspective on Diverse Programing"

February 2021

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.

January 2021

Maria has been invited to teach virtual flute masterclasses at the Sewanee Music Festival WinterFest

November 2020

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/

September 2020

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/ 

July 2020

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.

May-June 2020

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