Maria Scherer Wilson performs and records alternative and classical styles as a cellist, inspires all levels of string musicians as a teacher, and embraces humankind at her West Seattle practice Earthtone Healing, as an energy and sound healer. Maria has always valued the natural world, and is an avid gardener, and lover of everything living. She started her musical and yogic studies many years ago, and understands the importance of how an integrated Body, Mind and Soul can connect you into the deepest layers of Love, Life and Sound.
Maria was born in Iowa, grew up in Colorado, and matured in Indiana. Maria graduated from the University of Evansville with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education, under the tutelage of Dr. Pablo Mahave-Veglia, and began her professional career with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2001 she was granted a full scholarship to The University of Texas at Austin, and studied performance and pedagogy with Professor Emeritus Phyllis Young. Professor Young taught Maria to "Spin Golden Threads" with her cello sound, and that lesson, among many others, will never be forgotten. Maria was honored to assist Professor Young at the International String Workshop in Graz, Austria (2004) and the National Cello Institute in Pomona, CA (2009). Maria's teaching career began in 2001 as a private instructor, group teacher and orchestra conductor with The University of Texas String Project.
After graduating with her Master of Music in Violoncello Performance, Maria relocated to Hollywood in 2003. She quickly earned her California Teacher's Certificate and became an Orchestra Director in Baldwin Park USD and an Assistant Orchestra Director at University High School in Irvine USD. She also taught as a String Specialist with the American Youth Symphony, Education Through Music-LA, the Santa Monica Academy of Music and the Beverly Hills USD.
In Los Angeles, Maria had opportunities to perform with String Theory, Beth Thornley, Jody Watley, Frank Sinatra Jr., Cat Power and Seth MacFarlane. She served as Principal Cellist for the Long Beach Ballet Orchestra, NoHo Arts Center and the University of Southern California Musical Orchestra. In 2006, she met the lovely Florence Henderson, and toured her one-woman show “All the Lives of Me” to venues in Palm Springs, Hollywood, Owensboro (nearest her KY home), Spokane and Las Vegas.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Maria Scherer (Wilson) for a number of years. She is a remarkable talent and brilliant cellist.” Florence Henderson
Sought after for her cello tone and reading/improvising skills, Maria has recorded for Coca-Cola commercials, Independent films & projects, and many bands/artists (The Head and the Heart, John Zorn/Eyvind Kang, Recess Monkey).
In 2009, Maria transitioned to Seattle, and has since collaborated with Jherek Bischoff, Paul Kikuchi, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Led to Sea, NOCCO, John Teske, Scrape, Jason Webley, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Wayne Horvitz, Karin Stevens Dance, B’shnorkestra and Dance Theater of Harlem. In 2016, she performed Ahamefule Oluo's Now I'm Fine at The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival in NYC, a David Bowie tribute at TED Conference in Canada (with Al Gore!), and toured the West Coast with Jherek Bischoff and Mirah.
Maria has been Adjunct Faculty at Lakeside Middle and Upper Schools, a String Specialist with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra in the Schools Program, and a private string & chamber ensemble teacher in West Seattle. She has Adjudicated String Festivals in Bellingham & Shoreline, and has presented String Pedagogy Workshops to Seattle Music Partners.
Maria became an Usui Reiki Master in 2016 with energy intuit Marie Manuchehri R.N. Maria opened her new business Earthtone Healing in January 2018, where she offers sound and energy healing sessions in the Arbor Heights neighborhood of West Seattle. She maintains a fulfilling, creative life of music, gardening, meditation and yoga.