Hornist Maria Long is currently pursuing a D.M.A. in Performance and Pedagogy under the tutelage of Michael Thornton at the University of Colorado Boulder. Maria holds an M.M from the Herberger Institute, Arizona State University where she studied with Dr. John Ericson. An avid performer, Maria is currently the Assistant Principal/Utility Horn with the New Mexico Philharmonic and plays regularly with the Colorado Symphony, Opera Southwest, and the Santa Fe Symphony. She has also performed alongside members of the LA Chamber Orchestra and has subbed with the Hawaii Symphony. Maria previously held the positions of Principal Horn of the Longmont Symphony, Associate Principal Horn of the West Valley Symphony, and Second Horn of the Bryan Symphony Orchestra. A strong proponent of new music, she has commissioned several pieces, even having one of her projects funded by the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Project from the International Horn Society. When she isn’t playing or teaching music, Maria can be found painting, hiking, or rock climbing.