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Arts alumni are an accomplished crew. They have great advice for students and fellow graduates, and know that arts degrees teach skills that are sought-after in the professional environment. 

Maria Noriega Rachwal, MMus’08, MA’10 (Music)


Maria Noriega Rachwal is an author, musicologist, flute teacher and performer, as well as a presenter/speaker. She graduated with a MMus in Performance, an MA in Musicology from the University of Calgary in 2010. 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 and a flute instructor with the University of Lethbridge Music Conservatory. Her work on women in music has been featured by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on several occasions. She is the author of From Kitchen to Carnegie Hall: Ethel Stark and the Montreal Women’s Symphony Orchestra, published by Second Story Press.