Maria Lord wearing a brown pea coat and plaid hat and scarf, with a pine tree and mountains in the background

B i o g r a p h y

Maria Lord (b. 1992) holds a B.M. in Music Composition from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (IL), where her composition teachers included Dr. David M. Gordon and Dr. Shawn Okpebholo. She received the Josephine Halvorsen Memorial Composition Prize in 2013, placed as runner-up in the Winds and Percussion division of the Wheaton College Concerto Competition in 2013, and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2014. She has received commissions and requests for works from All Souls Anglican Church (2015), soprano Alicia Ucciferri (2015), soprano Angela Hendryx (2016 and 2018), the Ukarumpa International High School Choir (2017), the Trans-Pacific Trio (2018), and Palmer Episcopal Church (2019).


Born an American and raised in an international community in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Maria's interest in music of other cultures and Western historical forms often plays an important role in shaping her compositions. She is currently writing a thesis on the Pouye song and dance genre talmou, which she studied as part of her collaborative residence in PNG from 2016-2017. She anticipates graduating from Dallas International University in December 2019 with a degree in

World Arts. She aspires to respectfully and tastefully enrich the Western tradition with elements of music from other cultures, while encouraging local composers of traditional genres. Maria is a member of ASCAP, self-publishing her works through MaLoMaLo Press.

Maria's bassoon teachers have included Robert Williams and Dr. Jonathan Saylor. She is an active member of the Trans-Pacific Trio (clarinet, bassoon, and piano), Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra (2018-19 season guest), and Wheaton College Symphonic Band (2018-19 season guest). She has also appeared as a guest with the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Redford Symphony Orchestra, and the Wheaton Alumni Ensemble. Whether performing as a soloist or with others, she always enjoys the challenge of exploring something new from the wonderful variety composers over the centuries have created for her instrument.