Maria Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, and instructor. She weaves together her professional practices in voice, movement, and contemporary art to coach others in developing a deeper understanding of the voice as a powerful, primal instrument for self-exploration, effective communication, and artistic expression.
Upon completing a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Auckland, Maria was awarded First Class Honours. There she researched and related the unique vocalizations and cultural practices of Inuit throat singing to modern beatboxing. In New Zealand, she performed the role of Nancy in the Opera Factory production of Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. She brought Ruggiero to life in Handel's Alcina while at the Accademia Europea Dell'Opera in Lucca, Italy, and embodied various roles performing excerpts from works by Mozart, Poulenc, and Wagner while at the Canadian Operatic Arts Academy in Ontario.
While Maria is a classically trained mezzo-soprano, she also has a great passion for singing soul, pop, folk and musical theatre. She can be found belting the hits at pubs and parties as the frontwoman for Motown band, The Motones, or interpreting various characters in her theatrical roles on stage. She was praised for her “gorgeous soprano (voice), compelling stage presence and detailed dramatic skills…” in Neptune Theatre’s production of Stan Rogers: A Matter of Heart. Other theatre credits include Robyn Hood: This Tale's Even Fairlier [Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA)], Aladdin: Another Fairly Tall Tale (CCOA), Harvest Moon Rising (The Guild), Anne and Gilbert (Harbourfront Theatre/Victoria Playhouse).
A keen interest in the many intersecting sciences behind vocal production, physical expression, and the neurobiology of performance lead Maria to research the many mind/body connections at play in the teaching studio and on stage. She is now in her tenth year as a certified personal trainer and movement coach, and is certified as both a Mental Health and Vocal Health first aider. Maria works with bodies in safe and innovative ways in the voice studio and as a fitness trainer, and has worked as a choreographer and movement director for award-winning music videos.
Maria is a contemporary artist and creative producer who uses song, spoken word, spray paint, installation, and movement to explore, challenge and express through her lens. Her work has been displayed at The Confederation Centre of the Arts Art Gallery, Westland Gallery in London, Ontario, Fine & Dandy Gallery in Toronto, as well as the Art In The Open festival and The Gallery @ The Guild in Prince Edward Island. Maria was voted Fusion Charlottetown’s “Influencer of the Year” for the contributions she made to her community and has served on the board of directors for arts organizations, The Guild, The Prince Edward Island Council of the Arts, and Ars Longa. She is currently a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association, and the Guelph Arts Council.