Maya Stone is a champion of music. She has commissioned and premiered several works by American composers. Recent projects include solo bassoon in Black Gospel Music, which includes collaborating with the composers Raymond Wise, Mark Lomax, and William Menefield.
Stone gives recitals and master classes around the U.S. regularly. She has been a member of the Sphinx Orchestra since 2008 and won the second bassoon position with the Huntsville Symphony in 2007. She has played at the International Double Reed Society Conference and performs regularly with orchestras around the South East. She is also a member of the Rushes Ensemble, which performs Michael Gordon’s piece of the same name; and Chatterbird, an alternative new music group that is unique to the Nashville, TN region.
Dr. Stone maintains an active teaching schedule whether in the academic or private setting. She held full-time professorships at universities in Tennessee, Ohio, and Missouri from 2004-2013. And, in Spring 2019, she was an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She currently teaches a wonderful small private studio of bassoon students in Nashville.
In addition to teaching and freelancing, Maya previously enjoyed serving on the Regional Orchestra Players Association (ROPA) Executive Board as a Member At Large from 2015 to 2019. She has served as the ROPA Delegate and Alternate Delegate for the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra Players Association.
Dr. Stone received her D.M.A. in bassoon performance from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010, an M.M. in bassoon performance and woodwind specialty from Michigan State University in 2003, and a B.M. in music education from SUNY Potsdam in 2001. Her teachers include Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Barrick Stees, and Frank Wangler.
Maya is currently living in upstate NY where the mountains are never-ending and the sky is often crystal clear with the most bountiful clouds.
You can follow Maya on her Facebook music page: www.facebook.com/mayastonemusicstudio.