Maria Serkin is an active performer and pedagogue. Currently, Dr. Serkin is the Associate Professor of Horn at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Previously, she was the Lecturer of Horn at the University of Virginia and the Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony. Dr. Serkin has also held the positions of Principal Horn with the Florida Grand Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, and the Sarasota Orchestra, Horn Professor of the New World School of the Arts, and was a fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach.
Dr. Serkin earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. During her studies, she performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and was a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. She has also worked extensively with the North Carolina Brass Band, Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival, Palm Beach Opera, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the Virginia Sinfonietta. Her New York and Miami recording credits include work with The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, Gloria Estefan, and ESPN. Recent solo appearances include performances with the UNCSA Wind Ensemble and the Eastman Horn Choir.
An avid educator, Dr. Serkin has taught horn master classes extending from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, to the Crescendo Summer Institute in Hungary. Her doctoral research established a progressive method of transposition--a first in the advancement of horn methodology.