Maria Harding is the Principal Flutist of the Omaha Symphony since 1997. She also played with the Kansas City Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Schlossfestspiele Orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany, and has held the position of Principal Flutist of the Charleston (SC) Symphony Orchestra.
An orchestral career began for Ms. Harding at the age of 16, when she won the position of Second Flutist of the Lubbock (TX) Symphony Orchestra. Early studies were with Margaret Redcay, and continued studies at the Eastman School of Music were with Bonita Boyd. Graduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music were under the tutelage of Bradley Garner and Jack Wellbaum.
Ms. Harding was named a Yamaha Young Performing Artist in 1989, and a Yamaha Artist/Clinician in 1996. Through this program she serves as a guest teacher and lecturer for music clubs and university programs across the country. She maintains a large and lively private teaching studio in Omaha.
Maria dedicates considerable time and energy to bring music into the community through frequent solo flute performances at Assisted-Living and Skilled-Nursing Centers, Pediatric Care Units, Hospice Centers, and Transitional Living Shelters.