Maria Todaro

Maria T.

Naples, FL

About Maria T.

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Maria teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 1987
Last sign in: 4 days ago


Born into a family of singers and surrounded since birth by music and the arts, French Native Maria, is a singer and art entrepreneur, stage director, stunt artist, librettist, choir director, and co-founder/CEO of The Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice, which just concluded its triumphant seventh season upstate NY, she has more than 25 years of teaching experience and has a unique approach of the vocal work .the voice is an instrument of communication, It can empower each of us and influence others, improving scholastic, professional and social lives.For Maria it is another form of workout, engaging breathing and sound production trough songs or arias which have been so beneficial for my students with limited mobility. through a customized and unique way with each student, how the understanding of the use of one’s voice can bring wellness and joy.

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I organize regularly events where my students can safely "try" what they have learned.


Vocal studies
Jan 2015 - Present
Paul Green Rock Academy

Teaching musicians how to perform, sing intonate ,scream, read music.

Choir Director and founder
Oct 2012 - Present
Woodstock Community Chorale

Created a choir open to all, no experience necessary nor reading music skills.
regularly performs.

Vocal Coach/Voice teacher.
Sep 2009 - Present
C.A.P.A ( Catskills Academy of Performing Art

Community outreach:
Teaching students of all ages, all levels, all backgrounds voice technique and styles. and public speaking techniques.
professional apprenticeship:
Working with emergent or establish professional singers. Vocal technique, styles, language coaching. career guidance.
working with professional actors on spoken voice and voiceover techniques.

Voice teacher/ piano teacher/ music teacher
Oct 1987 - Present
Maria T Studio

teaching anybody who wants to sing. all levels, all ages, all styles.

Opera Singer
Jan 1985 - Present
many opera house US and International

Born into a family of singers and surrounded since birth by music and the arts, Maria, not surprisingly, is a singer and art entrepreneur, stage director, stunt artist, librettist, choir director, and co-founder/CEO of The Phoenicia International Festival of The Voice, which just concluded its triumphant seventh season.
A Baroque and Rossini specialist heard as Angelina in La Cenerentola, Helena in  La Donna del Lago,  and Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Europe and the U.S., Maria has also been heard in such standard-repertory roles as Carmen, Musetta in La Boheme, Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutte, and in the title role of La Perichole. She was the lead singer in the Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne with the Sinfonia New York Baroque Orchestra, performed  Leonora in the world premiere performance of Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il Trionfo del Onore at Symphony Space NY, and recently performed in Alexander Nevski and subsequently as the lead alto in Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic under the direction of Randall Fleischer.
Maria created the role of Elvire, written especially for her,  in the world premiere of Eric Perre’s M’as Tu Vu at the Theatre Traversiere in Paris, and she sang La Cantate pour la Paix, also written expressly for her, by Bernard Lallement under the baton of the composer for UNESCO  in Paris.
During a nine-month period at  the Theater Traversiere in Paris, Maria performed her one-woman show KILUNISAN, which she both created and directed, and in which she sings twelve different operatic arias by such diverse composers as Mozart, Rossini, and Bernstein.
She has performed solo recitals at the festivals of Baalbeck  (Lebanon), Vaison-la-Romaine (France), Portival (Belgium), and the opening recital at Wratislavia Cantans (Poland).
Maria can be heard on the album Echoes From Earth on Sony records.
Upcoming engagements include the creation of the role of  Milady  in Les Trois Mousquetaires, a role written for her by composer Mitchell Bach, descendant of  J.S. Bach.
She is the co-author with Michelle Jennings of an operatic comedy, The Benefit, which the two perform under the joint name Divas Unleashed.

Choir Director and founder.
Oct 2008 - Aug 2015
Phoenicia Community choir

Created a choir open to all, no experience necessary nor reading music skills.
This choir reached 80 members.


Master Degree/ Piano education.
Sep 1984 - Jun 1993
ENM Paris France
Bachelor degree in Orchestra conducting
Sep 1987 - Jun 1990
Conservatoire de Paris France
PHD Vocal studies
Sep 1984 - Jun 1989
ENM Paris France

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency

5 Reviews on Maria T.

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Chris T. Feb 8, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Awesome fun!
Olin H. Dec 19, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Amazing. Maria is such a professional with ye as rs of experience. My daughter was wowed! Loved her lesson and left very inspired. We highly recommed
Louis Sep 24, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Maria is a dedicated and gifted teacher. The lessons are fun and I always come away better than when I arrived. She is helping me build a really solid technique and makes hard things seem easy. My range has increased nearly an octave on the top and bottom. Her ability with languages is an immense advantage. She has made e love singing in a new and wonderful way.
Linda Sep 23, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
I've been studying piano with Maria for six years. Context: I'm a retired college dean/professor who had last taken piano lessons in 1952 (I'm now 74). Maria, who is herself a very accomplished singer and pianist, never failed to challenge and support me. Her knowledge of technique and theory is unsurpassed but she is also amazingly intuitive, always knowing what, in my own personality, was getting in the way. Thanks to her, music is now my passion and I get immense satisfaction from playing as well as singing. BYW, I'm also in Maria choral group and I have taken voice lessons from her. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Kristine Sep 22, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
It has been a privilege to have Maria Todaro as my voice teacher for the last 5 years. I had never studied voice before, though I have a degree in music, as a flute major. Of course, I was very nervous to sing, but Maria elevates everything around her to a higher plane. Her generous nature comes together with the depth of her professional background as a performer and as a teacher to give the richest possible experience to her students. Creativity and patience are in her toolbox, plus an enormous range of knowledge of repertoire, style and of course, the mechanics of the voice. Maria works with each student to find the best in their/our voices, finding music that allows us to learn and grow, and giving opportunities to perform. Amazingly, she is also an accomplished pianist and is able to support us in that way as well.
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