Music is in the genes is a common saying in Maria's family. Coming from a long line of professional amateur musicians including pianists, opera singers, military band leaders, and wind players it's no surprise the trend carries on. In fact, Maria had the pleasure to perform several operas under her great uncle, Maestro Salvatore D'Aura, who was serving as the company's Artistic Director even into his 90's. (Article about Maestro Salvatore)

Maria, who studied music at San Jose State University, has a love for both music and for passing on her knowledge to others. She has been an accomplished music instructor of flute, clarinet, and saxophone for over 20 years, enjoying every moment. 

As a mentor, Maria is proud of her students and their own accomplishments, many of whom have won auditions to play in California honor bands, and a national honor orchestra. Among these are: Santa Clara County Honor Band, Alameda County Honor Band, California State Honor Band, a national honor orchestra, where her student won 1 st  Chair, having played at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  

As a freelance musician, Maria also recorded solo recitals which were used as the background music in a historical documentary, “100 years of Mountain View.” This film depicted the history of the city, Mountain View, CA.  

Music instructor, Maria D’Aura, has a private studio in Mountain View, CA - Silicon Valley, heads an elementary school band program dedicated to bringing instrumental music back to elementary schools (www.myschoolband.com). She currently lives in the Tri-Valley area with her husband, and two children.