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Maria Noriega Rachwal is a flutist, music teacher and musicologist living in Toronto, Ontario.


She holds a B.Mus. with Great Distinction, a M.Mus. in Performance, an M.A. in Musicology, and is now a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto where she is writing a dissertation on gender and music. She has given many lectures on women in music and written articles on the subject for professional organizations.

She is also an accomplished flute player who has performed with The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, and various chamber groups in Alberta. In addition, she was also the Music Director of the Calgary “Suzuki” Talent Education Flute Program,  a flute instructor with the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory, and a Fine Arts Reference Student Assistant at the University of Calgary Fine Arts Library.

Her work on the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra was featured on the CBC Radio documentary, “It Wasn’t Tea Time: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra.”