Mezzo-soprano Maya Hoover is an active performer, teacher, author, and leading scholar and researcher of Latin American art song. Her accomplishments in the performance and teaching arenas have taken her around the world, and her specialty in the music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries has led her to collaborations with some of today’s leading composers. Ms. Hoover has a longstanding partnership with pianist José Meléndez, with whom she has worked as a performing and teaching team since 1997. As a duo, they are known for their cohesive and innovative recital programming, which frequently highlights Latin American repertoire and other outstanding lesser-known works.
Ms. Hoover’s upcoming engagements include Respighi’s Il tramonto and Simon Sargon’s Shemà with Chamber Music Hawaii, Frau Mary in Der fliegende Holländer with Hawaii Opera Theatre, and Mozart’s Requiem. Recent highlights include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem with Tuscia Operafestival in Viterbo, Italy; Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder for the Wagner Society of Hawai’i; an all-Britten recital featuring Abraham and Isaac; and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, which she performed with Chamber Music Hawaii in a production staged by Henry Akina. International appearances include Festival Mozart y Beethoven (Mozart Requiem), Festival Internacional Bach, and Festimúsica Internacional (Peru); Songs Across the Americas Festival (Bolivia); Bellingham Festival of Music (Beethoven’s 9th); Bloomington Early Music Festival (Bradamante in Alcina); Escuela de Artes Musicales, Universidad de Costa Rica (Martes por la noche recital series); Auditorio Fabio Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia; and Teatro Municipal in Trujillo, Peru.
Maya Hoover holds a Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature with a minor in Music Education from Indiana University, a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College, and a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in Italian Language and Literature from Binghamton University. She has studied with Mary Burgess, Laura Brooks Rice, Patricia Havranek, Virginia Zeani, and Andrea DelGiudice. Her publications have appeared in Classical Singer, The Mentoring Connection, and the Philosophy of Music Education Review, and her book Guide to the Latin American Art Song Repertoire: An Annotated Catalog of Twentieth-Century Art Songs for Voice and Piano (Indiana University Press) was released in March 2010. In August 2007, she joined the distinguished faculty of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, where she serves as Associate Professor of Music.
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