Maria Belva is a professional choral conductor and private voice teacher. She has a B.A. in Psychology & Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine.
She is a Certified McClosky Voice Technician, and in her voice studio, she focuses on technique and musicianship. Maria was an active soprano soloist throughout the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire, and in this capacity, performed leading roles in operatic and music theatre productions. She also appeared often in churches, community events, benefits, and solo recitals.
Maria is a life-long chorister and understands first-hand the impact of creating an excellent choral experience. In Peterborough, NH, she founded and for 20 years directed the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs for singers in grades 2- 12. Maria directed PCM’s Girl Singers of Maine for several years.
Chiharu Naruse holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance and a Masters Degree in Music Instruction from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Germany. In Berlin, she studied piano under Klaus Bäßler and Lied Accompaniment under Wolfram Riegar.
Chiharu has performed throughout the world in recitals and piano competitions, including a piano concert to benefit Amnesty International in Germany, the Hyogo Piano Competition in Japan (silver prize), the Clara Haskil piano competition in Switzerland, the Pescara Academie Piano Competition in Italy, and the International Mozart Wettbewerb in Salzburg Austria.
In the spring of 2002, she moved to the United States to study under Frank Glazer. Since her arrival, Naruse has given several recitals at Bates College and Bowdoin College. She has also collaborated with the Portland String Quartet, the DaPonte String Quartet and Frank Glazer.