Maria Marmarou, 17, is a junior at Kutztown Area Senior High School. She studies drum set, timpani, and mallets with Dr. Willis Rapp.
She has participated in many jazz festivals with Kutztown’s jazz band and has won various awards. She was in the Steel Stacks All-star jazz band and performed at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA. Maria was also in the COTA Cats, playing at the COTA jazz festival in the Poconos. She was selected as the drummer for the Berks County jazz band, District 10 jazz band, and the 2017 PMEA All-State vocal jazz group. Within these groups she has worked with Dr. Neil Wetzel, Dave Kenney, Dr. William Stowman, Terell Stafford, John Riley and Sherrie Maricle. She has performed marimba solos for the Reading Musical Foundation and received many audition-based scholarships from them.
Maria is also on the cross country and track team at Kutztown High School and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.
DIVA’s set from the International Women’s Brass Conference at Rowan University on June 9, 2017.
Applications are now OPEN for the 2017 Stanley Kay Scholarship. The application deadline is May 15. This year’s scholarship winner will attend COTA Camp Jazz. Click here to read about the scholarship and how to apply.
DIVA is excited to announce that we will be working with ArtistShare for our 25th Anniversary Project. ArtistShare’s roster includes some of today’s most prestigious artists including Pulitzer- and Oscar-nominated writers, Guggenheim fellowship recipients, Doris Duke Foundation Recipients, Grammy winners and NEA Jazz Masters. DIVA is proud to be included on that roster.
DIVA is excited to return to the Playboy Jazz Festival. We’ll be performing on Sunday, June 11. Visit http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/playboy-jazz-festival-2017 for details.
The eponymous CD by the newest member of the DIVA “family” is now available! Click CD image below for sound clips and purchase
DIVA was proud to perform at the NEA Jazz Masters Tribute Concert on April 3rd at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The performance was live-streamed on several outlets. Did you miss it? You can check it out here!
DIVA launched Jazz Appreciation month with a salute to the great divas of jazz, featuring vocalist Brianna Thomas. Here are the first two sets from the swingin’ weekend: